For the second time, France won the World Cup Championship in Moscow with the following standing against Croatia 4-2.
Came the end of the game approached the presentation ceremony which was delayed due to more than 20 minutes latency of the trophy that led to an awkward waiting of both teams on the pitch.
Having a pitch invasion earlier in the match, Russian organizers heightened security. The ceremony continued when the Iconic Trophy emerged, carried by former Germany captain Philipp Lahm, succeeded by formalities.
The following presentation party arrived onto the field; Russia president Vladimir Putin, France president Emmanuel Macron and Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic, the Croatia president concurred by a storm which was anticipating to break the whole match.
Though Russia President, Vladimir Putin, was found to be ready with his umbrella, the rest of the presentation party were soaked from the rain, but showed no regard as they were busy embracing every players relaying their congratulations regardless of nationalities which they seemed to enjoy.
After the awarding of medals came the handing of the trophy to France captain Hugo Lloris.
Cameras were set up and everything was ready for the lifting of the trophy but was obstructed by the images of men in suits walking past at the exact moment when the World Cup Championship trophy was raised.
Overall, it was a confusing end to an unpredictable World Cup event which the sticking of the gold ticker-tape to the players skin had no doubt gave Europe newspapers the idea of “Golden Generation” as their headline for Monday’s papers.