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France's midfielder Paul Pogba (L) speaks next to French President Emmanuel Macron (C) and France's coach Didier Deschamps (2ndL) during a reception at the Elysee Presidential Palace on July 16, 2018 in Paris, after French players won the Russia 2018 World Cup final football match. 

London: Star Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic feels former Manchester United teammate Paul Pogba has answered his skeptics with his impressive performance at the just-concluded World Cup, helping France lift the trophy for the second time.

"I played with him for two years and people like to give their opinion, which they have the right to do," the Swede was quoted as saying by espnfc.

"They judge but I think the result speaks for itself.

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France's defender Benjamin Mendy  (C) takes a selfie with supporters during a reception at the Elysee Presidential Palace on July 16, 2018 in Paris, after French players won the Russia 2018 World Cup final football match. 

Paris: France's 2018 FIFA World Cup champions arrived in Paris on Monday with their golden trophy in hand, after beating Croatia 4-2 in the final in Moscow.

Les Blues are expected to head to a victory parade down the Champs Elysees avenue in an open-top bus, where hundreds of thousands of people have been waiting to celebrate France's second World Cup win, after their first victory in 1998 when they hosted the tournament, reports Efe.

As the national squad's plane arrived, Charles de Gaulle airport's fire brigade gave a water jet salute.

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Portuguese footballer Cristiano Ronaldo arrives on July 16, 2018 at the Juventus medical centre at the Alliance stadium in Turin. Cristiano Ronaldo arrived in Turin ahead of his official unveiling as Juventus' superstar summer signing on July 17.

Turin: Portuguese football superstar Cristiano Ronaldo said that joining record Serie A champions Juventus after a successful nine-year spell at reigning European champions Real Madrid meant moving forward.

The Portugal captain signed a four-year contract with Juventus for an Italian record transfer fee of 112 million euros ($131 million), and will earn a net salary of 31 million euros ($36.3 million) per season, reports Efe news.

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France's coach Didier Deschamps (C) holds the trophy as he celebrates at the end of the Russia 2018 World Cup final football match between France and Croatia at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on July 15, 2018.

Moscow: Brushing aside talk during the FIFA World Cup as to whether France played attractive football or not, head coach Didier Deschamps on Sunday said all that matters is they are champions and will remain at the top for the next four years.

France clinched their second World Cup after 1998 by beating maiden finalists Croatia 4-2 in a dramatic final at the Luzhniki Stadium here.

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France's forward Kylian Mbappe (R) poses with the FIFA Young Player award beside Croatia's midfielder Luka Modric holding the adidas Golden Ball prize during the trophy ceremony at the end of the Russia 2018 World Cup final football match between France and Croatia at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on July 15

Moscow: Every World Cup has its winners and losers: no matter who finally lifts the trophy, with some footballers' performances seeing their stock rise dramatically and earning them a big-money move over the summer. These are some players whose displays in Russia will have attracted attention and who could be on the move.

Kylian Mbappe's performance in the final and his award for the young player of the tournament, only served to confirm that far from being a promise, he is already a reality as a footballer.

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France's midfielder Paul Pogba celebrates with the World Cup trophy after the Russia 2018 World Cup final football match between France and Croatia at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on July 15, 2018.

Moscow: France scored twice in each half as they thumped a combative Croatia 4-2 in a dramatic final to win the FIFA World Cup for the second time in 20 years here on Sunday.

A first-ever own goal in a World Cup final gave France the lead as Mario Mandzukic headed a free-kick into his own net in the 18th minute but Croatia pulled level through a strike from Ivan Perisic in the 28th minute.

Antoine Griezmann converted a penalty in the 38th minute to regain France's lead which was further increased to 3-1 by Paul Pogba in the 59th minute.

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London: English Premier League club Liverpool on Saturday announced the signing of Switzerland attacking midfielder Xherdan Shaqiri for the upcoming season.

Shaqiri underwent a medical on Friday and was Liverpool's third signing of the summer.

"I'm very happy to be here. It's a huge club with big history, big players and a fantastic coach," Shaqiri told Liverpool's website adding: "So I'm really glad and happy to be here.

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Croatia's midfielder Ivan Rakitic (C) and teammates attend a training session at a training field outside the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on July 13, 2018, two days before the Russia 2018 World Cup final football match between France and Croatia.

Moscow: Croatia midfielder Ivan Rakitic has said that all 4.5 million of his compatriots will be behind the team when they battle France in the 2018 World Cup final.

"You need only to look at the footage from Croatia to see what's been going on over the past month - the joy felt by the people there," he said at a press conference at Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium, the venue for Sunday's final, reports Efe.

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Croatia's coach Zlatko Dalic reacts just before the end of the Russia 2018 World Cup semi-final football match between Croatia and England at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on July 11, 2018.

Moscow: Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic said his team faces a "daunting task" to beat France in the World Cup final after their 2-1 victory over England in extra time.

Mario Mandzukic struck a dramatic 109th-minute goal at Luzhniki Stadium here after Ivan Perisic had cancelled out Kieran Trippier's opener, reports Xinhua news agency.

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Moscow: Croatia entered the final of the FIFA World Cup for the first time as a late goal from striker Mario Mandzukic helped them overcome a combative England with a 2-1 victory here on Wednesday to set-up a title-decider against France.

Croatia, featuring in a World Cup semi-final only for the second time after a gap of 20 years, needed a goal from Mandzukic in the 109th minute from close range after left winger Ivan Perisic (68th minute) cancelled out Kieran Trippier's goal for England in the fifth minute from a free-kick.

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