Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic hugs Croatia's Luka Modric after France won the final match between France and Croatia at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia, Sunday, July 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
Croatia finds World Cup victory in biggest fan: President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic
Despite defeat in the World Cup finals, the Croatian national team brought pride to their home country. Among those who showed immense joy in their valiant performance was their head of state, President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic.
It goes without saying that state leaders should support national athletes, but the first female President of Croatia took it a step further and went on full fan mode during the team’s World Cup journey.
After the team lost 4-2 in a wholehearted effort against France, their President embraced them one by one as rain poured over the Luzhniki stadium.
Before Croatia’s first-ever World Cup final, Grabar-Kitarovic had an air of victory. “It doesn’t really matter if we win the gold or the silver. We’re on top of the world. And I’m so proud of my nation,” she told Russian news outlet RT. /ra