Emmanuel Macron's reaction to France's World Cup victory is delightfully relatable

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One of the major criticisms of previous World Cups has been the legacy they leave behind, especially in terms of infrastructure, but the former UEFA president feels as though there can only be positives left behind from the summer of 2018.

Invited into the team dressing room amidst their celebrations, Macron was seen with several members of the victorious French side.

Cries of "Champions! Champions!" could be heard roaring across the city as football fans celebrated the country getting through to play the biggest match in football for the first time.

France secured their second World Cup with a 4-2 win over Croatia in Moscow yesterday at the end of an exciting five weeks.

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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.

The Russian foreign ministry congratulated France for its victory in an official tweet.

"Behind this (World Cup) success lies huge preparatory, operational, analytical and information work, we operated at maximum capacity and concentration", said Putin. "Thank you for this lovely football!"

Federation Internationale de Football Association will award the winners of the 2018 World Cup final between France and Croatia $38 million in prize money.

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State TV urged citizens to come out and enjoy "the historic moment" of the players' return, while other media described the players as "our heroes".

On the final whistle applause from tens of thousands of Croatian fans rang out through the capital's main Jelacic square as many lit flares and set off firecrackers.

During the 69th minute of the match with France 4-1 up, Lloris made a mess of a backpass and allowed Croatia global striker Mario Mandzukic to score an easy goal.

Antoine Griezmann was the standout in blue according to L'Equipe with the Atletico forward getting an eight, as fellow goalscorers Kylian Mbappé and Paul Pogba both received sevens for their contributions.

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