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Mr Putin said all anti-Russia myths had collapsed following the tournament's success.
Dressed in the Croatian red-and-white chequerboard patterns, the 50-year-old was enjoying the moment, giving hugs to players from both sides as they came to collect the winners and runners-up medals.
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France clinched their second title with a 4-2 title win over Croatia on Sunday in Moscow, Pogba netting the third goal as Macron cut an animated figure in the stands.
In a World Cup final stadium packed with presidents, none had more fun than Emmanuel Macron.
Croatia soccer fans shout chants and cheer as they watch a television broadcast of the Russian Federation 2018 World Cup match between France and Croatia in downtown Zagreb, Croatia, Sunday, July 15, 2018.
No date has yet been set for the ceremony to hand over France's highest award for "exceptional service" to the nation, which follows the team's 4-2 win over Croatia in Russian Federation on Sunday.
As a party began in the square to celebrate the team's performance a distraught supporter Aurora Krnic said with tears in her eyes that the second place was "still fantastic". The final match saw many eminent personalities and celebrities in attendance at the Luzhniki stadium including Russian president Vladimir Putin, French president Emanuel Macron and Croatian president Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović.
With hours to go until the final between France and Croatia that will bring down the curtain on Russia's hosting of this year's tournament, Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani joined Putin and Federation Internationale de Football Association chief Gianni Infantino at a Kremlin ceremony.