Thus, he dedicated his World Cup win to Atletico's fans.
The Croatian team are due to land at Zagreb's Franjo Tudman Airport later this afternoon, after which they will be transported in open-top buses along a route lined with fans. For now, however, we imagine many other football players may just be inspired to whip out their own personal Fortnite celebrations in the future.
Putin also said Russian Federation could be "proud" of its hosting of the football World Cup, judging it a success "in every respect" after Sunday's final.
"This work was unobtrusive and inconspicuous for most people, meaning that you had done your job well, understood each other and acted professionally as one team", Putin said.
Arsenal midfielder Xhaka and Liverpool's Shaqiri trace their roots to Kosovo, a former province of Serbia where thousands were killed and tens of thousands more chased from their homes during a 1998-1999 conflict between Serbian forces and ethnic Albanian guerillas. In no time players like Luka Modric, Ivan Rakitic, and Mario Mandzukic of Croatia and Kylian Mbappe of France were household names after overwhelming the storied Argentine side. First they tampered with the USA elections and now they've fooled the world by delivering one of the most exciting World Cups in living memory.
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Huntsman said the summit must go on because Russian engagement is needed to solve some global issues. The president says he has "low expectations" for the summit.
He added: "I'm very happy, very proud of the team, my teammates". It wasn't a shock for him to do that in a World Cup Final.
Even non-football fans are convinced.
The president has relaxed visa restrictions for Britons who obtained Fan IDs in the hope they will return to Russian Federation for their holidays in the near future. I had the vast privilege and happiness to experience that as a player 20 years ago, and it was in France as well so it will remain with me forever.
It is also putting the country on the world stage.
One guide telling me she hopes "there won't be a single person in the world who will use the word Yugoslavia again, everybody will know about Croatia".