France on Sunday handed a 4-2 defeat to Croatia in the FIFA World Cup 2018, thereby clinching its second World Cup title.
The Croatian side put up a good fight but could not usurp the French squad, which was leading with a score of 2-1 at halftime as well.
Although Croatia lost in the ultimate clash, the country’s president Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović has become the social media sensation as a result of her off-field grace.
It all began during round 16 match between Croatia and Denmark, wherein she chose to watch the match from the stands instead of VIP box. Later on, she said that wanted to cheer her national team like a football fan.
BRAAAAAAAVVVVOOOOOOOVAAAAAATREEEEEEENIIIII!!!!🔥🔥🔥"S ponosom narodu svom, ljubi grb na dresu tom,na Jadranu i Savi, na Dunavu i Dravi, nek' se slavi cijeli dan i noć!" ❤️🇭🇷🏆⚽️
I wanted to showcase that I am a football fan, like everyone else; I wanted to support the team among other fans in the stands. I put on a shirt with national symbols, whereas the dress code in the VIP zone, which usually presupposes long gowns, wouldn’t have permitted such an outfit.
Ahead of the quarterfinals, President Kolinda apparently travelled along with fellow Croatian football fans from Zagreb in economy class.
Her Excellency President @KolindaGK Commander-In-Chief; Croatian Defence Forces left Power,It's Class,Prestige & Boarded a Plane together with Croatian Citizens to go & Cheer their National Football team #CRO at Russia #worldcup
Africa Take Note!!! pic.twitter.com/NGrVC2yQ4P
— Hezbon Mureithi® (@HezMureithi) July 3, 2018
Her group selfies during the WC trip became the talking point on the internet.
Vatrena atmosfera od ranog jutra 🔥🇭🇷Idemo po pobjedu ⚽️🏆
After Croatia outperformed Russia in a penalty shootout, the Croatian president headed to the team’s changing room to congratulate the coach and players.
VIDIMO SE U SOČIJU! 🇭🇷❤️🔥⚽️🏆
Posted by Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović on Sunday, July 1, 2018
Continuing the trend of standing by her team at all turns, she showered encouraging words through a Facebook video after Croatia knocked out England 2-1 in the semi-finals.
“IGRAJTE ZA NJU, NAŠU VOLJENU!”🇭🇷🇭🇷🇭🇷🇭🇷
Posted by Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović on Wednesday, July 11, 2018
That moment saw her victory dance too.
Zovi, samo zovi, svi će sokolovi,Za te život dati! 🇭🇷❤️⚽️🥇
Posted by Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović on Saturday, July 7, 2018
Following her incredible run as a fan at the 2018 FIFA WC, she didn’t cease to amaze everybody in the finals.
She congratulated French President Emmanuel Macron when his team took the lead.
She won our hearts! Its just a game! Both had great times and attitude #WorldCupFinal #Rusia2018 #Macron #Kolinda_Grabar_Kitarović #CRO #FRA #RUS #FrancevsCroatia #CROFRA #CroatianPresident #leadership pic.twitter.com/CujpUKhHfz
— Andrés AlarcónAguiar (@asaa83) July 15, 2018
At the end of match, she walked hand-in-hand with her French counterpart.
Then came the most heart-warming moment of the match when she wiped the tears of the Croatian star Modric.
To top it all, she stepped out into the rain to stand by her team when they needed it the most.
Absolutely ❤️ the Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović and her gracious interaction with French President Macron and her entire national team… Very cool.@EmmanuelMacron @KolindaGK pic.twitter.com/JOMrdqIBVD
— The Wizard of Oz (@Jokintino) July 15, 2018
— Nancy Wang Yuen (@nancywyuen) July 15, 2018