But with Kraft as an honorary chairman in the bid, and Foxborough's history with the World Cup, ESPN writes "the opportunity to serve the Boston area, one of the locales used at the 1994 World Cup, will be one that Federation Internationale de Football Association won't want to pass up".
"In addition to legitimizing Putin by performing at the World Cup, @robbiewilliams performed for Russian oligarchs Alisher Usmanov and Roman Abramovich in Russia in the past", Browder tweeted on Wednesday.
Russian president Vladimir Putin then gave a speech at the Luzhniki Stadium.
Federation Internationale de Football Association today voted in Moscow to select the North American bid to host the World Cup, the sport's premiere event, over a competing bid in Morocco.
# Robbie Williams then started the muscial act his hit single "Let me entertain you".
He was joined in a duet by Garifullina, a soloist from the Vienna State Opera who entered the pitch on a firebird, singing Williams' hit song "Angels".
Ronaldo passed the ball to the Russian World Cup mascot Zabivaka, which might have been a symbolic "first kick".
Many were left surprised when Federation Internationale de Football Association announced they had lined up the former Take That member to perform at the opening ceremony.
He went on to wish "an unforgettable experience" to the thousands of fans traveling to Russian Federation for the football showpiece, closing with the line: "welcome to Russian Federation".
Federation Internationale de Football Association president Gianni Infantino spoke next, in Russian, English and Arabic, a gesture that was warmly greeted by both sets of fans, Russia's and Saudi Arabia's.
Following the opening ceremony, the national anthem of Saudi Arabia was sang on the field, followed by the national anthem of Russian Federation.