France lifted the World Cup trophy for the second time in their history in the pouring rain as the heavens opened during the presentation to leave the players, officials and political dignitaries soaked to the bone.

Russia president Vladimir Putin was the only one to keep dry as he had an assistant at the ready with an umbrella to make sure he stayed spick and span. The same could not be said for the presidents of France and Croatia, Emmanuel Macron and Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic respectively, who both left the podium sodden.

The heavy rain did nothing to dampen celebrations, however, as the French players performed swan-dives on the water-logged pitch as they passed around the golden trophy in front of the world’s media.

More to follow…Hugo Lloris of France lifts the World Cup trophy to celebrate with his team-mates as the rain pours down in Moscow

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The players can barely be seen through the rain but the France players don’t let it dampen their spirits as they celebrateRussia president Valdimir Putin stays dry as his FIFA counterpart Gianni Infantino (left) takes the brunt of the storm
Russia president Valdimir Putin stays dry as his FIFA counterpart Gianni Infantino (left) takes the brunt of the stormFrance president Emmanuel Macron embraces Kylian Mbappe next to his Croatian counterpart Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic
France president Emmanuel Macron embraces Kylian Mbappe next to his Croatian counterpart Kolinda Grabar-KitarovicThe France players perform the 'Thunder Clap' made famous by Iceland at Euro 2016 following their World Cup final triumph
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Antoine Griezmann is left in tears after France seal the World Cup thanks in part to his free-kick and penalty in the first half