Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic openly supported the team during their World Cup journey.
Some also saw a display of a great sporting spirit as she hugged players from both teams: "Loved your gesture and sporting spirit during World Cup final game".
Sorokin said that the fan zones set up in the 11 host cities, including Moscow, St Petersburg and Sochi, had been visited by more than seven million people during the tournament so far. Rakitic posted a photo on Instagram with controversial singer Thompson, who climbed the bus at some point, saying: "The king is here!"
Russian Federation crashed out of the competition earlier after they lost to eventual finalists, Croatia in the quarterfinals.
Supporters gather on the Champs-Elysees avenue near the Arch of Triumph (Arc de Triomphe) in Paris on July 16, 2018 as they wait for the arrival of the French national football team for celebrations after France won the Russian Federation 2018 World Cup final football match on the previous night.
"Champions! Champions!" roared the crowds as the players came out of the plane to a red carpet placed on the tarmac at the Zagreb airport. As seen in the image below, the umbrellas were not deliberately kept away from French President Emmanuel Macron and his Croatian counterpart Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović.
"I hope my old club are chasing him".
"I'm so proud not only of our football team, I'm so proud of our nation".
He promised to look into creating a "comfortable visa regime" for fans who "have fallen in love with Russia" and want to return with their families.