The speech convinced Robbie Williams to perform at the AFL Grand Final

A heartwarming tribute has convinced Robbie Williams to perform at the AFL Grand Final – eight years after he turned down a $1M offer.

Robbie Williams has confirmed he will play in this year’s AFL Grand Final.

And it was a simple statement that changed his mind about taking the gig after a decade of conversion.

The English singer, 48, is expected to be on the mend after receiving praise from AFL Chief Executive Kylie Rogers.

Robbie Williams (pictured) has confirmed he will play in this year’s AFL Grand Final. And it was a simple statement that changed his mind about taking the gig after a decade of persuasion.

You are the best player in the world and we are the biggest game. We have to do something,” Rogers told the star after An Evening with Robbie at the Rod Laver Arena in May, The Herald Sun reported on Friday.

A discussion was opened that led to the pop star accepting the job.

Robbie confirmed the good news of his upcoming job to The Herald Sun in July.

You are the best player in the world and we are the biggest game.  We have to do something,' said AFL Chief Executive Kylie Rogers.  The star was told after an evening with Robbie at the Rod Laver Arena in May

You are the best player in the world and we are the biggest game. We have to do something,’ said AFL Chief Executive Kylie Rogers. The star was told after an evening with Robbie at the Rod Laver Arena in May

‘I’m really excited to be performing for all the fans, on the hallowed grounds of the MCG, for the biggest game of the year,’ he said.

‘I can’t wait to see you all that last Saturday in September’ added the Let Me Entertain You hitmaker.

The Club approached Robbie ahead of his first half-time show at the MCG.

A discussion was opened that led to the pop star accepting the job.  Robbie confirmed the good news of his upcoming job to The Herald Sun in July

A discussion was opened that led to the pop star accepting the job. Robbie confirmed the good news of his upcoming job to The Herald Sun in July

Sources have previously told the press that talks are progressing on a multimillion-dollar deal to bring him back to Melbourne on September 24.

The AFL has previously confirmed the show will be a daytime event despite pressure from broadcasters to host a night or night to drive numbers.

Williams turned down an offer of $1 million to play three songs at the AFL Grand Final in 2014.

Sources have previously told the press that talks are progressing on a multimillion-dollar deal to bring him back to Melbourne on September 24.

Sources have previously told the press that talks are progressing on a multimillion-dollar deal to bring him back to Melbourne on September 24.

Currently, Robbie is in Melbourne filming his biopic Better Man which covers his rise to fame from boyhood heartthrob to stage superstar.

Production on the big-budget biopic – billed as a ‘musical event’ – began last month with Australian filmmaker Michael Gracey in the lead.

British actor Jonno Davies, 29, best known for the Amazon Prime series Hunters, will play Robbie in his youth.

Williams previously turned down a $1 million offer to play three songs at the AFL Grand Final in 2014. Pictured in 2016

Williams previously turned down a $1 million offer to play three songs at the AFL Grand Final in 2014. Pictured in 2016

Other members of the cast include Australian actors Kate Mulvany (The Great Gatsby), Damon Herriman (Mr InBetween), and filmmaker Anthony Hayes, whose film Gold is streaming on Stan.

Robbie first rose to fame in the all-boy band Take That, before launching a successful solo career in 1996. A string of UK hit singles and albums followed.

In 2006 Robbie entered the Guinness Book of World Records after selling 1.6 million concert tickets in one day.

Robbie is currently in Melbourne filming his biopic Better Man which covers his rise to fame from boyhood heartthrob to stage superstar.  British actor Jonno Davies, 29, will play Robbie as a young teenager in the biopic.  Pictured: Jonno in the red car in 2020

Robbie is currently in Melbourne filming his biopic Better Man which covers his rise to fame from boyhood heartthrob to stage superstar. British actor Jonno Davies, 29, will play Robbie as a young teenager in the biopic. Pictured: Jonno in the red car in 2020

The filmmakers were careful to avoid comparisons to recent music biopics such as the Queen film Bohemian Rhapsody, and the Elton John novel, Rocketman.

An official statement said the production was a ‘melody-filled musical about the life of a pop star’.

The film will feature ‘reimaginings’ of Robbie’s famous songs, as well as stunning visual effects to explore the ‘inner demons’ the superstar battles on and off stage.

Robbie rose to fame with Take That who formed in 1989 and went on to have 12 number one singles on the UK Singles Chart with eight number one albums.  Taken in 1994

Robbie rose to fame with Take That who formed in 1989 and went on to have 12 number one singles on the UK Singles Chart with eight number one albums. Taken in 1994

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