The signs of affection between Kolinda Grabar and Emmanuel Macron captured the spotlight in Russia. The Croatian president attracted attention in the final of the 2018 World Cup through social networks.
Before the meeting, she had asked for support on Facebook:
“You are great hosts. Support Croatia today. Let’s be happy together, “said Grabar-Kitarovich, dressed in her country’s national team jersey (red and white). Then, she began to chant: “Croatia!”
During the match between Croatia and France, Kolinda Grabar showed up with her husband Jakov Kitarovic, as did Macron with his wife, Brigitte Marie-Claude.
The French president, Emmanuel Macron, who shared the box of honor with the Croatian president, Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic, could not avoid celebrating his country’s victory in the 2018 World Cup.
The president of Russia Vladimir Putin led the presence of authorities in the Luzhniki stadium along with the leaders of the two finalists, the Croatian, Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic and the French Emmanuel Macron.
The presence in the special seats of the venue was plagued by heads of state and government of different countries.
Among them were Armen Sarkisyan from Armenia, Alexander Lukashenko from Belarus, Ali Bongo Ondimba from Gabon, Igor Dodon from Moldova, Mahamoud Abbas from Palestine, Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani, emir from Qatar, where the next edition of the World Cup in 2024 and Omar Al Bashir, president of Sudan.
They all shared a place in the box with the FIFA president, Gianni Infantino, who headed the list of officials from different international federations and other leaders of the football world.
The atmosphere that was lived was not tense at all. Between smiles, hugs and good wishes, the president of Croatia, Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic, and the French president, Emmanuel Macron, enjoyed the last game of the World Cup.
As the goals started rolling in, it was almost impossible for the leaders of the countries to hold back from celebrating the goals of their teams.
World soccer legends and presidents of some of the main clubs and the president of the International Olympic Committee Thomas Bach were present to witness the final match too.