VLADIMIR PUTIN stood happily under an umbrella while the French and Croatian leaders stood next to him getting drenched following the World Cup final.

The Russian president ensured he was prepared for the weather while handing the trophy to France following their 4-2 victory.

France celebrate winning the World Cup and give Didier Deschamps the bumps after beating Croatia in the final

 

 Vladimir Putin came prepared while Gianni Infantino, left, and Emmanuel Macron, right, got soaked

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Vladimir Putin came prepared while Gianni Infantino, left, and Emmanuel Macron, right, got soaked
 Croatia's prime minister Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic, right, also ended up in the downpour

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Croatia’s prime minister Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic, right, also ended up in the downpour

But French counterpart Emmanuel Macron and Croatia’s prime minister Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic got drenched on the field.

Fortunately the duo did not seem to mind as Macron celebrated wildly and Grabar-Kitarovic remained magnanimous in defeat and even snatched a smooch with the trophy.

Fifa later brought out umbrellas but caused controversy as its president Infantino was handed a brolly but the women wearing Qatar Airways uniforms were ignored.

Twitter users were quick to spot Putin standing proudly as a suited man kept him dry while watching his associates get soaked.

France lift the World Cup trophy after beating Croatia in the 2018 final


Naked French fan climbs on news stand as thousands party on the Champs Elysees after World Cup win
 Fifa probably should have seen ahead and had brollies ready but everybody was in high spirits anyway

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Fifa probably should have seen ahead and had brollies ready but everybody was in high spirits anyway
 Umbrellas eventually made their way onto the stage but not everybody got one

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Umbrellas eventually made their way onto the stage but not everybody got one

A Mario Mandzukic own-goal got the French off to a flier but Ivan Perisic pulled Croatia level after 28 minutes.

Antoine Griezmann restored the lead with a controversial penalty before Paul Pogba and Mbappe struck within six minutes of each other.

Mandzukic capitalised on a Hugo Lloris’ mistake to give his side hope with 21 minutes to play but France held on for their second World Cup triumph, 20 years after their first.

Paris streets PACKED with fans as France win World Cup 2018



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