France's World Cup heroes arrive home to victory parade

The final match saw many eminent personalities and celebrities in attendance at the Luzhniki stadium including Russian president Vladimir Putin, French president Emanuel Macron and Croatian president Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović.

Golden Boot victor Harry Kane confirmed himself as one of the best strikers in the world and once again could be a target for a massive club looking to sign guaranteed goals, although once again the price tag is going to be huge.

Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović showed us she is definitely the life of the party as she put her emphathic side and emotions on display during and after her team battled France for the Russian Federation 2018 World Cup trophy at the Luzhniki stadium.

Upon becoming the second youngest soccer player to score in a World Cup final, Brazilian soccer legend Pelé posted to Twitter saying: "If Kylian keeps equalling my records like this I may have to dust my boots off again..."

The small country of 4 million people has been gripped in euphoria since its team beat England to reach its first World Cup final, where Croatia lost 4-2 to France.

However that being said a number of players, teams and managers will look back at the tournament thinking what if. I am sure that in four years we will see the same energy, the same positive influence in Qatar as we have seen in Russian Federation.

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French president Emmanuel Macron with his Croatian counterpart Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic.

The World Cup is over, yeah!

The Spaniard wasn't at his best, however, and he was also criticised by sections of the Spanish press for failing to save any of the four penalties he faced in the last-16 shoot-out with the hosts. Another said: "We are few, but we believed and that is enough".

By the end of the day, it was the Croatian president who had emerged as her country's star of the tournament.

She wore the team shirt and cheered as Croatia faced France in a thrilling World Cup final on Sunday. The whole country has taken enormous pleasure from interacting with the world of football and the fans who have visited us from all over the planet.

Russia's success on the pitch made the World Cup especially appealing for the host country.

  • Rogelio Becker