Celebration as France lifts the trophy

But when one did, bang - a player hailed as the new Pelé, the former three-time World Cup victor with Brazil, had arrived.

"Proud of the performance of the Croatia team who made a great match in the World Cup final".

"Both teams were magnificent".

Mbappe is officially a World Cup victor at the age of 19 and wasn't a benchwarmer either, playing a crucial part in his nation's second ever win of the trophy.

Even football fans who were not rooting for France but found themselves in the French capital for the game were overcome by the occasion and the scenes of celebration. "The president (Macron) was here, likewise President Putin and the Croatian president, who congratulated us".

It appeared at one stage prior to the World Cup that he could be heading for pastures new, with Barcelona making no secret of their desire to land a proven performer.

National Basketball Association stars Tony Parker and Joel Embid congratulated the team.

Soaked but smiling, Croatian president wins admirers at World Cup final
Waving French flags and chanting "We are the champions", supporters united in a party atmosphere throughout the night. After the game, Macron offered up a flurry of kisses in the exuberant, rain-soaked celebrations.

Manchester City's Benjamin Mendy often steals the show when it comes to social media.

Manchester United midfielder Pogba came to Russian Federation after an underwhelming club season under Jose Mourinho, during which he was left out on a number of occasions.

From the dugout, he led his country in Mexico 1986 and they finished second to Diego Maradona's Argentina before winning four years later at Italy 1990.

He also has to make that call while stood at the side of the pitch, in front of a crowd of 81,000 and a TV audience in the hundreds of millions. He took a photo of his special moment with the trophy.

"I usually don't really follow football but I'm euphoric because we're a small country, going through some rough things, the country is a bit divided but football is something right now that will bring us all together".

The entire area around the Arc de Triomphe, all the way down the two-kilometer-long Champs Elysees and the Place de la Concorde at its end was a sea of singing and cheering people.

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