Putin, who was in attendance at the Luzhniki Stadium with French President Emmanuel Macron and Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic, congratulated his counterparts after a thrilling world cup final. As has become fairly commonplace following a huge sports victory, some fans got a little carried away during their celebration.
"A score of 4-2 in a final- I can't remember seeing a score like that and few people could". One instance required riot police to be called to the Nike store on Champs Elysee-a major street in Paris.
Some also saw a display of a great sporting spirit as she hugged players from both teams: 'Loved your gesture and sporting spirit during World Cup final game.
Despite the undoubted individual quality available to coach Zlatko Dalic, few expected Croatia to go as far as they did in Russian Federation. From June 14 to July 15, 32 teams from across the world played a totally of 64 matches in order to determine the best football team. After Vladimir Putin together with Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic went to the locker room of the losing team.
Following the worldwide soccer tournament, Putin convened a meeting and gave credit to law enforcement agencies and security services from more than 30 countries, according to an official Kremlin press release published Monday.
The ceremony took place in the Georgievsky Hall of the Grand Kremlin Palace where the official match ball was used in place of a baton to symbolise the changing of the host nation.
The centre-back has been hailed as one of the players of the tournament, and the 25-year-old believes the youth in the current squad could lead to even more success at Qatar 2022. Before the team's win in 1998 the far right leader Jean-Marie Le Pen had criticised some of its players including Zinedine Zidane, who has Algerian heritage.
"I understand they want to improve things with VAR, but there is still margin for improvement", he added.