Amir of Qatar & President of France talk during World Cup Final

Doug Mendoza
July 16, 2018

France's Kylian Mbappe receives the silver ball for best young player from French President Emmanuel Macron and Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic during the medals ceremony after the Russian Federation 2018 World Cup final.

After the match, Macron headed down to the field to individually congratulate all of the players.

With so many big names at Russian Federation 2018, there were going to be many whose tournament came to a bitter and premature end and who should have performed better given their chances.

The three neighbouring countries were considered to host the tournament ahead of North African country, Morocco.

Mr Putin said all anti-Russia myths had collapsed following the tournament's success.

I am sure our friends from Qatar will manage to stage the 2022 FIFA World Cup just as exceptionally.

"Thank you, Russia, for hosting the best World Cup in history".

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"We did a good job together", he added, nodding to Putin.

Hardline rules about drinking in public and congregating near Red Square were suddenly - but only temporarily - relaxed for a month, as was Russia's intolerance of gay rights and other forms of political dissidence.

While most fans were celebrating France's World Cup victory over Croatia, some eagle-eyed viewers spotted an incredible moment that appeared to show a Federation Internationale de Football Association official pocketing a winners' medal for Vladimir Putin - but is all as it seems?

Qatar will also relax laws on the consumption of alcohol, planning areas for visiting fans where alcohol can be consumed to ensure they replicate the party atmosphere of past tournaments.

Still, at least Putin and Federation Internationale de Football Association didn't get things all their own way.

The French president joined the victorious Les Bleus in their Luzhniki Stadium locker room, gave a speech, had fun with star midfielder Paul Pogba while being filmed for Snapchat, and struck a dab pose for defender Benjamin Mendy.

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