Published: Mon, July 16, 2018
Sport | By Cameron Gross

Will Smith brings down curtain on Russia World Cup

Will Smith brings down curtain on Russia World Cup

The Russia 2018 Fifa World Cup has been a mixture of excitement, Emotions and good footballing.

Smith was joined on stage by Nicky Jam, a US -born singer with Puerto Rican roots, and by Era Istrefi, a pop singer who describes herself as Albanian Kosovar.

Meanwhile, Croatia will be making their World Cup final debut following a remarkable journey throughout this tournament where they have won all three of their knockout stage matches in penalties and extra time.

Smith, who also performed at the opening ceremony of the football tournament, will sing the official song, 'Live it Up' alongside American singer Nicky Jam and Kosovar singer Era Istrefi, reported The Hollywood Reporter. That was an introduction for me and I sort of realized how much as Americans we were cut off from the world and the joy in that world. "[The 2002 World Cup in] Seoul was the first World Cup that I went to", Smith said, per RT.

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This is the biggest sporting event in the world.

"I've been here [in Russia] for a few times". It is such a massive energy. It's glad that though the USMNT didn't qualify for the tournament, at least the USA had some presence at the World Cup final.

That section featured a guest performer: Brazilian soccer star and past World Cup victor Ronaldinho, who for a few bars of the song hammered out the rhythm on an African drum.

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