France secured their second FIFA World Cup after beating surprise finalists Croatia 4-2 at Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium.
When the final whistle was blown, France began their raucous celebrations. With a healthy two-goal advantage for most of the second half, the celebrations had more or less began in the stands and the dugout.
French President Emmanuel Macron shunned etiquette for a moment and let his hair down. And why not?
Croatia President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic and Emmanuel Macron embraced after the result was sealed.
Didier Deschamps enjoyed the rare double of savouring a World Cup triumph as a player (1998) and now as a manager. He trusted his players enough for this celebration.
Teenager Kylian Mbappe, one of the tournament’s sensations, scored in the final and his President Macron couldn’t thank him enough.
Croatia’s star player Luke Modric was heartbroken after the loss, and President Kolinda did her best to console him and his team-mates for doing the tiny nation proud.
At the presentation, someone turned on the tap above. The winning players took the plunge.
As the rain came pelting down, only the Russian premiere Vladimir Putin was protected. But President Kolinda and FIFA president Gianni Infantino didn’t seem to mind the downpour too much.
Paul Pogba somehow managed to find some time for himself, and his beloved trophy.
The daughter of France's Antoine Griezmann didn’t get what the fuss was all about though.
France's goalkeeper Hugo Lloris had his daughters to cherish the moment with the coveted trophy.
As if taking a cue from their leader, the French players too danced on tables, when their coach Didier Deschamps was starting his press conference. The coach didn’t seem to mind the ‘minor inconvenience’.