It only took 11 minutes for the first goal of the 2018 FIFA World Cup to be scored during Thursday's opening match between Russian Federation and Saudi Arabia. He later chipped the ball in for Russia's fourth goal in stoppage time.
There will not be many occasions when Saudi Arabia's players have enjoyed 62 per cent of the possession on the home turf of a European opponent and yet for much of the first half, as the world watched Russian Federation kick-off its own tournament, the team in green had the ball.
But don't forget you too can get involved in predicting the scorelines, along with a whole host of other things such as the Golden Boot victor and which nations will advance from each group.
"They are caught between a rock and hard place in that case".
Russian Federation is grappling with Western sanctions imposed after its seizure of Crimea from Ukraine four years ago, but talking of a love of football uniting the planet "as one team", Putin said: "In this unity, over which no powers reign, in which there are no differences of language, of ideology or of faith, lies the great power of football, and of all sport".
The fact that two of the world's best players, Portuguese centre-forward Cristiano Ronaldo and Argentine playmaker Lionel Messi have not yet won the cup for their respective countries - despite the duo dominating the lovely game virtually unopposed - has captured the minds of spectators from around the world.
Their striker Mohammed Alsahlawi has 28 goals in 40 caps - albeit eight in two matches against East Timor - and trained with Manchester United this season.
Perhaps the hosts aren't quite as bad as has been feared.
2018 러시아 월드컵 드디어 막을 올린다 The wait is finally over for Football fans around the world.
Aside from wing-back Yasser Al Shahrani, who impressed down the left flank, Saudi Arabia offered little and did not even threaten a shot on target.
Coach Juan Antonio Pizzi does not speak any Arabic but it will not take long for them to become aware of his Spanish description of their performance as shameful.
Speaking in Russian, Putin thanked Federation Internationale de Football Association for being "one big team" that has helped Russia prepare for the "most significant event in global sport".