Paris Renames Metro Stations in Honor of World Cup Victory

Lynette Rowe
July 18, 2018

19-year-old Kylian Mbappe, who is a forward player for the team, made roughly $22,500 for each of the seven games that France played in the World Cup.

Their destination was the Elysee Palace, where they met with president Emmanuel Macron, who himself was joining in with the team's celebrations in Russian Federation the night before.

Team members sang off-the-cuff songs and Macron told the crowd: "This team is handsome because it was united".

Even on the eve of the final former Croatian player Igor Stimac said the country's team were up against "the republic of France and the African continent".

He told the BBC last week that he and his France team-mates must approach the World Cup finals with the right mindset, as that counts more than technical ability. Numerous players grew up in the disadvantaged suburbs of Paris.

France's players celebrate on the roof of a bus while parading down the Champs-Elysee avenue in Paris today.

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France beat Croatia 4-2 to lift their second ever FIFA World Cup trophy, ten years after their first win. Some members threw their scarves into the wild crowd.

The French team arrived to red carpet treatment earlier on Monday afternoon, with goalkeeper and captain Hugo Lloris holding the trophy aloft as the team descended to meet Sports Minister Laura Flessel.

Mbappe, who joined French club Paris Saint-Germain for a fee of around $295 million from Monaco after a season-long loan, was one of the French success stories from this World Cup.

The team is expected to take a victory lap down the grand Champs-Elysees.

The Paris metro has temporarily renamed six stations in honour of France's World Cup victors, as the capital prepares to salute their return. Superstar soccer players such as Kylian Mbappe and Paul Pogba, plus their now-legendary coach, Didier Deschamps, were followed around by filmmakers who embedded themselves with the soon-to-be championship team as the squad prepared for the tournament.

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