Only 12 countries had ever played in a World Cup Final before today.
French fans have been celebrating after their team scored a 4-2 victory over Croatia to win the 2018 World Cup.
A combination picture shows Didier Deschamps kissing the World Cup victor trophy as French soccer team captain on July 12, 1998 (L) at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis, France, and as French soccer team coach on July 15, 2018 (R) at Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia.
But quickfire strikes by Paul Pogba and Kylian Mbappe midway through the second half put France on course for glory, and rendered a Hugo Lloris error academic.
The 27-year-old ended the tournament with four goals as France won the title for the first time on foreign soil after their victory as hosts in 1998.
"He is the guy who will be standing up on that Ballon d'Or podium in years to come".
The picture of the highest ranking Atletico Madrid staff and the three players went round the world very quickly, it signified a new era for the Spanish club, and one which will see the trio return as World Cup winners. "We can not wait to lift the Cup and bring it back to France".
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She was at Luzhinki Stadium to watch the game and came onto the trophy presentation dais hand in hand with French President Emmanuel Macron.
And when he finally emerged from his on-pitch celebrations the tears had been replaced by a wide smile. I don't realise what I am living through.
"He adores football", Deschamps said of Mbappe during this World Cup. They have brought added value to our teams.
Clearly it had the necessary camaraderie, which seemed even clearer when Griezmann said: "We live well together since the start".
The Irishman said he was a guest of the Russian president, and later shared an image of the meeting on his Instagram. It was a unusual final and Les Bleus' attacking performance was nowhere near as convincing as the scoreline may suggest, but it's hard to begrudge them their triumph after six wins in seven games in Russian Federation.
For now, though, he wanted to look forward.
"It is France we love". (We have) different origins but we are all united.
"They clapped the French and there will be a party regardless in Dubrovnik".