"During the period of the World Cup, nearly 25 million cyber-attacks and other criminal acts on the information structures in Russian Federation, linked in one way or another to the World Cup, were neutralised", Putin said during a meeting on Sunday with security services.
Macron, it seems, joined the French players during the post-match celebrations in the dressing room.
A closer scrutiny of the images going viral raised questions on whether the criticism of Putin was justified.
Grabar Kitarovic, clad in a red-and white Croatia soccer shirt, stood on the podium with Russian President Vladimir Putin and French President Emmanuel Macron when the medals were given to the players.
The month-long tournament, which ends with the final between France and Croatia on Sunday at Moscow's Luzhniki stadium, has so far been without major security incidents. "He has that connection with Paul Pogba too".
"The Croatian president is coming out of this as the victor".
France wonderkid Kylian Mbappe believes Pele is still the greatest of all time at the World Cup after he equaled the Brazil legend's record of scoring in the final as a teenager.
The Paris Saint-Germain forward was a key member of the French side which won the 2018 World Cup, beating Croatia 4-2 in the final.
France have won the World Cup and the country's president has made no attempt to hide his joy.
Sacked Croatian assistant coach Ognjen Vukojevic, who was dismissed during the World Cup for a video dedicating the quarter-final victory over Russian Federation to Ukraine, was seen joining in the team's celebrations on returning home.