Croatia's cabinet held a session dressed in the soccer team's red-and-white chequered shirts and the most ardent fans scrambled to find flights and tickets to attend the final, 20 years after their team finished third at the 1998 World Cup in France.
"My story is linked to that of the players". "Pogba, Mbappe, Grizou (Griezmann) - they're on top of the world", he said, naming three of the standout players.
"I'm so proud not only of our football team, I'm so proud of our nation", she said.
"I usually don't really follow football but I'm euphoric because we're a small country, going through some rough things, the country is a bit divided but football is something right now that will bring us all together".
Six years later, with Didi in the dugout, they are world champions, winning six matches and drawing 0-0 against Denmark.
Above all, there's just something terribly amusing about a striker winning the World Cup without a shot on target. We got into the game and on counter attacks, we made the difference.
"I am honestly so much happier to see the delight of the players".
Back in the sporting world, German NBA superstar Dirk Nowitzki was probably the only German fan to have fun whilst watching the World Cup.
The victory at Luzhniki Stadium clinched a second World Cup title for France. "I know that a total of 126 representatives from 55 special services and law enforcement agencies from 34 countries were involved in that joint work", the Kremlin press service quotes him as saying.
Brazil's forward Neymar (C) celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the Russian Federation 2018 World Cup round of 16 football match between Brazil and Mexico at the Samara Arena in Samara on July 2, 2018. "It gave even more strength to my squad".
He said Russian Federation was "thankful for the millions of kind words that the World Cup guests said about Russian Federation and our people".
French president Emmanuel Macron left his inhibitions at the door during the 2018 World Cup final on Sunday, spending the game delivering air punches like a kid post-Santa visit.