"I also want to thank the people of Russian Federation and president Putin, it has become a footballing country".
"The legacy of this tournament is that it will put Russian Federation at the top of the countries in footballing terms", he admitted.
"We did a good job together", he added, nodding to Putin.
Mr Putin said all anti-Russia myths had collapsed following the tournament's success.
"During the period of the World Cup, nearly 25 million cyber-attacks and other criminal acts on the information structures in Russian Federation, linked in one way or another to the World Cup, were neutralized", Putin said during a meeting on Sunday with security services.
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Putin, at the ceremony, expressed gratitude to footballers and fans alike.
As the curtains draw dawn today for the final World Cup game, social media is heaving with images of magnificent stadia being put up for the 2022 games to be hosted by Qatar.
Worryingly, Fifa have been only too willing to cooperate along the way, even after the corruption scandal that engulfed the governing body in 2015.
France win their second world cup title - the first being on home soil back in 1998. Putin will have loathed the iconic image of Mbappe high-fiving a political protester from punk group Pussy Riot, dressed in a police uniform, who invaded the pitch during the final with three others, all while a massive global audience watched.
Plus, the president casually dabbed backstage, seen in a video posted to Twitter by French player Benjamin Mendy. It is the ultimate test of footballing quality and an opportunity to show that you can do it without a host of world-class support which is the case for many countries who have only a handful of established names.