Soaked but smiling, Croatian president wins admirers at World Cup final

Macron to welcome French football team at Elysee Palace By IANS On Jul 16 2018- 09:31:47 Share

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Social media seized on the shot.

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Putin was the only leader on the podium who used an umbrella to keep himself dry.

Kylian Mbappe and Paul Pogba shone in the final with a goal each and performances to set the game alight.

Then, as Macron and Grabar-Kitarovic walked toward the tunnel to leave the field, his heels were nearly clipped by some exuberant France players who were sliding on their bellies and their behinds across the soaked grass toward a bank of photographers beside a group of state presidents. Ever the sportsman, he also bonded with Croatia's President, Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic.

Macron was captured giving a speech to the victorious players during which he said: "I told you and the coach to bring back the second star".




According to Grubisic's data, there were 25% more mentions of the Croatian president than the Croatian captain.

The French president was a delighted man and he was spotted passionately celebrating from the stands of Luzhniki Stadium during the action-packed final.

Tens of thousands of people poured into the streets of Croatia's capital Zagreb to stage a hero's welcome for their national football team.

Emmanuel Macron, elected past year with two-thirds of the vote, was captured celebrating in this spectacular picture as France beat Croatia 4-2 to win their second title.

With hours to go until the final between France and Croatia that will bring down the curtain on Russia's hosting of this year's tournament, Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani joined Putin and Federation Internationale de Football Association chief Gianni Infantino at a Kremlin ceremony.

Tens of thousands of Croatians gave a heroes' welcome to their team in Zagreb on Monday after the squad returned from Russian Federation following their World Cup final defeat.

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