France lifted the World Cup trophy for the second time in their history in a rain-drenched Moscow as the heavens opened during their presentation to leave the players, officials and political dignitaries soaked to the bone.
Russia president Vladimir Putin was the only one to keep dry as he had an assistant at the ready with an umbrella. The same could not be said for his counterparts from France and Croatia, Emmanuel Macron and Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic respectively, who both left the podium sodden.
The players did not stop there, however. Just when all appeared to have settled down and Didier Deschamps took to his post-match interview duties, the French squad gatecrashed the press conference before drowning their manager in alcohol and chanting his name as the euphoric celebrations continued.
Earlier, the heavy rain did nothing to dampen celebrations as the French players performed swan-dives on the water-logged pitch as they passed around the golden trophy in front of the world’s media. Benjamin Mendy was the first to make use of the rain, sliding with the World Cup in hand towards lucky photographers.