FIFA World Cup: Here are all the weird and funny moments from the FIFA World Cup final
It all came down to a final showdown between two European nations, France and Croatia. And in the end, a supreme French side came out on top as they claimed the biggest prize in football for the second time.
In a thrilling 4-2 final in Moscow, France roared to victory with stunning goals from Antoine Griezmann, Paul Pogba and Kylian Mbappe.
In France, the nation erupted in celebration and the streets of Paris were packed with revellers.
As the sun sets on Paris, the Arc de Triomphe lights up in the French flag colors – while revelers light fireworks and flares below – to commemorate France's World Cup victory. https://t.co/DKjUfxcfXT pic.twitter.com/kgLXuadf6H— ABC News (@ABC) July 16, 2018
But this year’s World Cup final will also be remembered for some of the more bizarre antics that took place on the pitch and during the presentation ceremony. There are some of the weirdest and funniest moments…
1. A reealllyyy long wait for the presentation ceremony
As the BBC pointed out, it took more than 20 minutes after the end of the match for the trophy to emerge from the tunnel, leaving the teams to stand awkwardly on the pitch awaiting the ceremony.
2. Only Putin gets a brolly
He can’t control the weather, but while the medals were being given out the skies above Moscow opened. What tickled many on Twitter, however, is that only Putin was given an umbrella, leaving the French President Emmanuel Macron and Croatia’s leader Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic to get absolutely soaked to the bone. It was quite a sight.
Putin outsmarts other world leaders yet again by bringing an umbrella to a torrential downpour, while leaving Macron and Grabar-Kitarovic to soak pic.twitter.com/PYHNJsOvRx— max seddon (@maxseddon) July 15, 2018
Bucketing down now. They've only brought one umbrella, and it's for Putin. He is NOT sharing it.— Rory Smith (@RorySmith) July 15, 2018
3. Everyone gets a hug!
Twitter also fell in love with Croatia’s president Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic who took a moment with every single player, from both teams, and even consoled a devastated Luka Modrić.
In my opinion the world cup winner is this woman. Just stay there & take some time to respect this lady.— Razu Rahman (@RazuRahmanBD) July 15, 2018
and; her HUG <3 #Croatia #WorldCupFinal pic.twitter.com/CeL0SIAkax
I don’t know much about the Croatian President but she’s standing out there in the pouring rain beaming of pride and flew coach to the World Cup. How amazing is that!?!?— Darren Demeterio (@DarrenDemeterio) July 15, 2018
4. YOU’RE RIGHT IN FRONT OF THE CAMERA!
And, finally, we came to the big moment… the camera shot of the winning French team triumphantly gathered together holding the gleaming Jules Rimet in the air.
But, in a final messed up moment, the camera’s view was obscured by men in suits walking past. Of course it was.
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