On Sunday, November 20, a spectacular pregame show with a visually striking opening ceremony took place at the Al-Bayt Stadium in Al Khor.

The no-expense-spared opening ceremony was laid on for those in the stadium and everyone else watching around the globe.

The ceremony was also in line with the opening match of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

South Korean BTS pop star Jung Kook sang Dreamers, the tournament song, alongside Qatari singer Fahad Al Kubaisi at the stadium in Al Khor.

With just under 90 minutes until the opening match of the tournament, Hollywood legend Morgan Freeman took the center stage with Qatari Youtuber Ghanim Al Muftah to send a heartfelt message narrating a video about football’s ability to unite.

The Oscar-winning actor narrated the opening segment titled ‘The Calling’ and said ‘We all gather here in one big tribe’.

“Football spans the world, unites nations in their love of the beautiful game. What brings together nations, brings together communities,” Freeman announced. 

“There is a common thread of hope, jubilation and respect.”

In light of this, some fans of the Oscar-Winning actor took to social media to praise him for his touching message.

Meanwhile, others have criticised the Hollywood icon, saying he’s a ‘sellout’ with ‘blood on his hands’ after accepting Qatari cash to front the opening ceremony of the 2022 World Cup.

His surprise appearance in Doha comes 12 years after he fluffed his lines while attempting to help the USA’s bid to host the 2022 tournament.

On social media, fans called him a ‘Qatari sleeper agent’, reminiscing on his infamous speech in 2010, where he caused huge embarrassment for the USA’s bid team by messing up his speech and telling the crowd: ‘I’m sorry, I missed a page’. 

Social media reacts to Morgan Freeman's speech at Qatar 2022 World Cup opening ceremony
Social media reacts to Morgan Freeman's speech at Qatar 2022 World Cup opening ceremony

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