France won the World Cup after beating Croatia 4-2 in a breathless and drama-filled final in Moscow.
To no-one’s surprise, social media exploded as Les Bleus lifted the trophy, the heavens opened and political leaders almost stole the headlines.
US President Donald Trump was one of the first to offer his congratulations to the French football team.
Congratulations to France, who played extraordinary soccer, on winning the 2018 World Cup. Additionally, congratulations to President Putin and Russia for putting on a truly great World Cup Tournament — one of the best ever!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 15, 2018
There was even time for infamous feminist punk/rock group Pussy Riot to stage a pitch invasion.
— Yahoo Sport UK (@YahooSportUK) July 15, 2018
Once the World Cup was over, the heavens opened up and it appeared organisers had only brought out one umbrella for officials, and guess who got that?
Sir how many umbrellas should we bring?
— The Writer Formerly Known As Elnathan (@elnathan_john) July 15, 2018
— Get Bendt (@LagoonerBeach) July 15, 2018
Putin having a henchman hold an umbrella over him while the presidents of FIFA, France or Croatia get drenched is the ultimate boss move pic.twitter.com/iY5vpikaji
— Samuel Army (@BarstoolSam) July 15, 2018
But by that point people had begun to notice Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović, whose hugs threatened to steal the headlines.
I want someone to hug me the way Croatia’s president hugs everyone.😂 pic.twitter.com/9V4B6LQFta
— Zuhayr Noor (@zuhayrstark) July 15, 2018
Interesting lack of gallantry at the World Cup presentation with no sign of umbrella for the President of Croatia! pic.twitter.com/TFDMXT4HPO
— Tony Mills (@tonystwit) July 15, 2018
— Baridueh Badon (@BadonB) July 15, 2018
But French fans didn’t care about the rain in Moscow, they had other thing son their mind.
— TicToc by Bloomberg (@tictoc) July 15, 2018
— Roy Emanuel (@Roy13a) July 15, 2018
And of course, the referee’s decision to consult VAR to award France a first-half penalty stoked plenty of debate.
Pitana? More like Pinata! The ref is getting an absolute panning for awarding a penalty after checking VAR…https://t.co/oEAjDQOMKd
— Goal (@goal) July 15, 2018
— Jamie Carragher (@Carra23) July 15, 2018
— Alan Shearer (@alanshearer) July 15, 2018
VAR goes rogue and awards itself the world cup
— David O'Doherty (@phlaimeaux) July 15, 2018
One thing people could agree on however, was Luka Modric. There was an outpouring of sympathy for the Croatian maestro, who was named the World Cup’s best player but couldn’t quite lead his team past the final hurdle.
— Mayouti Dz (@mayoutidz) July 15, 2018
— Khenny (@Khenny___) July 15, 2018
— विशाल घिमिरे (@imbishalghimire) July 15, 2018
However, there was little sympathy for Hugo Lloris, as his goalkeeping howler almost let Croatia back into the match at 4-2.
— Okafor Uchenna 🇳🇬🇫🇷 (@Uchekush_) July 15, 2018
— Transfer Site (@TransferSite) July 15, 2018
🧤 David De Gea & Loris Karius: “You won’t see a bigger mistake than ours in 2018”.
🇫🇷 Hugo Lloris: “Hold my beer”. pic.twitter.com/0mTrJCoKFP
— SPORF (@Sporf) July 15, 2018
Hugo Lloris accidentally pressed triangle. Happens to the best of us
— Pablo S. Torre (@PabloTorre) July 15, 2018
In 20 minutes Hugo Lloris will lift the World Cup and probably drop it.
— Dan McLaughlin (@Dan23_92) July 15, 2018
As it happened, he didn’t.