Putin 'proud' of Russia's handling of World Cup

Putin 'proud' of Russia's handling of World Cup

Germany and Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos was both happy and sad for his club teammates.

Mario Mandzukic, Antoine Griezmann, Paul Pogba and Kylian Mbappé were France's goal scorers while Ivan Perisic and Mario Mandzukic scooped goals for Croatia during yesterday's breath-taking final. "I am sure everyone liked the way they played, and so did I".

"There are two things that matter - one is that these 23 players are now together for life, whatever happens, and also that from now on they will not be the same again, because they are world champions".

He said: "This World Cup has proved that Russian Federation is a truly football country".

Above all, there's just something terribly amusing about a striker winning the World Cup without a shot on target. We have regrets now when we look at [refereeing] decisions, [because] it doesn't make sense anymore.

"I had an enormous privilege to live through this as a player 20 years ago and it was in France, so it will be marked in my memory forever, but what the players did together today is just as lovely", he said.

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The Reds also reached the Champions League final but ended up losing to Real Madrid in Kiev. I'm proud of being here, and i have lots of motivation for the future.

"I still have a European Super Cup to play". Add World Cup as an interest to stay up to date on the latest World Cup news, video, and analysis from ABC News. "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.

Click through the gallery above to see some images of France's celebrations after their Russian Federation 2018 triumph.

The 57-year-old made an obscene gesture from the VIP box to celebrate Argentina's dramatic 2-1 win over Nigeria which sent them into the last 16, drawing plenty of criticism.

At this point, nobody doubts that he is the most influential character in the history of French football, even ahead of other symbols such as Zinedine Zidane or Michel Platini.

"At the moment, I really want to enjoy and have a good time with our families and the whole of the French people in France".

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