A 4-2 loss to an extraordinary French side ended Croatia’s hopes of winning their maiden World Cup at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, on Sunday. Led by skipper Luka Modric, Croatia fought like valiant warriors throughout the tournament to script a fairytale final, which ended in heartbreaks. While the players were left devastated and the fans saddened, Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic had the broadest smile on her face. And why not? It was time to stand by the players, who gave their all to make their country proud.
While the world is going gaga over Kylian Mbappe, Kitarovic’s touching gesture both on and off the field is winning hearts online. It all began when Kolinda was seen watching the Round of 16 match between Croatia and Denmark from the stands along with fans, instead of from the VIP box.
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!" ❤️🇭🇷🏆⚽️
According to her, she wanted to cheer her country like any other football fan:
“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.”
Her simplicity did not remain restricted to that. During the quarterfinals, she flew in economy class fellow Croatian football fans from Zagreb to support her country.
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
Then came the semi-finals. After Croatia knocked out hosts, Russia, in the penalty shootout, Kitarovic went to the dressing room to congratulate the staff and the players by hugging them.
VIDIMO SE U SOČIJU! 🇭🇷❤️🔥⚽️🏆
Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović यांनी वर पोस्ट केले रविवार, १ जुलै, २०१८
In her bid to motivate the team after their win over England in the semis, she made sure to make a video and post it on her official Facebook account to give the team, the much-needed boost.
“IGRAJTE ZA NJU, NAŠU VOLJENU!”🇭🇷🇭🇷🇭🇷🇭🇷
Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović यांनी वर पोस्ट केले बुधवार, ११ जुलै, २०१८
And how can we forget her dance after the Croatians booked a berth in the final?
Zovi, samo zovi, svi će sokolovi,Za te život dati! 🇭🇷❤️⚽️🥇
Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović यांनी वर पोस्ट केले शनिवार, ७ जुलै, २०१८
During the final, she was seated beside her French counterpart, Emmanuel Marcon, and followed the game closely. Despite her team’s loss and seeing Marcon jumping in joy, she stood up and congratulated the French President with a hug.
The moment she hugged Luka Modric and wiped his tears brought tears to our eyes. Not only Modric but she hugged each and every individual who walked past her during the presentation ceremony. Yes, even the officials!
She gave the French players a tighter hug than Emmanuel Marcon!
While Vladimir Putin had an umbrella on as the rain continued to pour, she stood without one and continued the proceedings. What a lady!
We guess we need to say nothing more. her charisma, nature and queen size heart made her a hero, no less than the players.