It first started with the quarter-final win over Russian Federation.
As the final whistle went off at the Luzhniki Stadium on Sunday, July 15, the camera panned the VIP section for the world to see Croatia's president Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović and her French counterpart Emmanuel Macron hugging each other.
Before Croatia's first-ever World Cup final, Grabar-Kitarovic had an air of victory.
Despite high diplomatic tension between Moscow and the West, world football officials and personalities as well as world leaders have lined up to praise Russia's hosting of the tournament.
While Putin was handed an umbrella, she stood soaked but smiling in the heavy rain, clearly delighted by Croatia's fearless showing. With the sole 0-0 draw a snooze-fest between France and Denmark after 35 games played, this streak broke a World Cup record for scoreless matches that had stood for 64 years. Social media has hailed Grabar-Kitarovic as the flawless example to young people on how to be gracious in defeat.
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Author and journalist India Knight added: "I love the Croatian president hugging them all in the rain".
FIFA President Gianni Infantino also attended the ceremony, the Kremlin said.
Croatia may have lost but the fearless team and their endearing president will live on in public consciousness.
Fifa World Cup 2018 provided football fans a lot of moments to cherish right from the opening night to the final Sunday in Russian Federation.
Someone brought an umbrella with which to protect Putin.
Grabar Kitarovic displayed great passion throughout the tournament, following the team in all the games after the group stage but missing the semi-final against England due to the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels.