Over 250,000 welcome Croatia home after World Cup final

A picture emerged of Macron punching the air in the VIP section of the Moscow stadium and quickly went viral on social media. An umbrella was produced to keep Putin dry, but Macron looked quite content to fearless the rain.

The World Cup continues to display its power across the world.

Not many have forgotten the first French win 20 years ago, when it hosted the World Cup and drubbed favourites Brazil, leading to mammoth crowds converging on the Champs-Elysees to celebrate the victory. As seen in the image below, the umbrellas were not deliberately kept away from French President Emmanuel Macron and his Croatian counterpart Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović.

"Marry me, Rebic", one of the banners told Croatian forward Ante Rebic.

Kylian Mbappe and Paul Pogba shone in the final with a goal each and performances to set the game alight.

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General view as Croatia fans await the arrival of the team at the main square in Zagreb.

Commenting on Trump's criticism of some North Atlantic Treaty Organisation member states for not spending enough money, in his opinion, to support the joint defense of the Alliance, the Croatian president noted, "It's about his personality".

Earlier, Croatian air force jets escorted the plane carrying the team from Russian Federation as it entered the country's air space and flew over the capital Zagreb.

Tens of thousands of people turned up at a celebration for Croatia in Zagreb on Monday despite their 4-2 loss to France in the World Cup final a day earlier.

The team's success in Russian Federation brought evident joy to the small Balkan nation of 4 million people, and the celebration was broadcast live on national television from the moment the plane from Moscow neared Zagreb airport.

  • Lawrence Cooper