France coach, players and President Macron react to World Cup victory

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"My story is linked to that of the players".

Antoine Griezmann was the standout in blue according to L'Equipe with the Atletico forward getting an eight, as fellow goalscorers Kylian Mbappé and Paul Pogba both received sevens for their contributions.

"This record means closing a circle and it's a proud moment for me, but honestly it is secondary", the legend said following Sunday's success. "I am really happy".

Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic openly supported the team during their World Cup journey.

2014 World Cup winning captain Philipp Lahm was in Moscow to hand over the trophy.

"It's a real pleasure, it is a very closed circle". We have regrets now when we look at [refereeing] decisions, [because] it doesn't make sense anymore.

He has won cups here and there but as a player, he was a European champion with Marseille and Juventus, among many other things.

It appeared at one stage prior to the World Cup that he could be heading for pastures new, with Barcelona making no secret of their desire to land a proven performer.

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

Daily newspaper Liberation led its front page with the simple headline "ENCORE!", hinting at the potential for Mbappe and his team-mates to achieve that which eluded France's World Cup winners of '98 - a second 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.

France's squad was widely regarded as one of the most talented in the competition before the big kick-off, but there were considerable doubts over Didier Deschamps' ability to mould the individuals at his disposal into a well-functioning collective. "If we had then slipped up against Uruguay a few days later, it would have been good but it would not have meant much".

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.

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