All Hail The Queen Of Hugs — Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović

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Grabar-Kitarovic is fluent in Croatian, English, Spanish and Portuguese, while she has some understanding of German, French and Italian.

The politician, who was sitting in the stadium's VIP section, appeared tearful as she hugged Croatia's star midfielder and captain Luka Modric. Vatican City actually has an official football team, but it doesn't play in major tournaments.

When NATO's summit in Brussels clashed with the England-Croatia game, she arrived with named replica shirts for Donald Trump and Theresa May. In videos circulating on social media, the president can be seen trying his hand at the famous celebration move.

According to Grubisic's data, there were 25% more mentions of the Croatian president than the Croatian captain.

"The Croatian president is coming out of this as the victor", writes another. Love the Croatian President. She hugged players of the opponent team as well.

"That was such a motivating thing to do".

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As the dust settled on the World Cup extravaganza and France lifted the trophy, netizens feel Croatia suffered a double loss.

Even celebrities took to Twitter to praise Ms Grabar-Kitarovic.

Putin was the only leader on the podium who used an umbrella to keep himself dry. "Lovely presidents of Croatia and France get soaked!"

At a Kremlin meeting, Putin congratulated the Croatian president on the Croatian team's performance. "We are, of course, ready to share the experience we acquired in holding the World Cup this year, along with our friends". "And I'm so proud of my nation".

More than 100,000 red-and-white-painted Croatian fans were expected to welcome the squad home later Monday in the capital Zagreb.

Grabar Kitarovic displayed great passion throughout the tournament, following the team in all the games after the group stage but missing the semi-final against England due to the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels.

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