The World Cup is finally over, and what a classic it’s been. France lifted the trophy on July 15 in Moscow, beating Croatia 4-2 in the final thanks to goals by Antoine Griezmann, Paul Pogba, Kylian Mbappe, and an own-goal by Mario Mandžukić. On the field, we were treated to breathtaking football, lots of drama, and a deserving winner — France collecting the trophy for the second time after winning on home soil in 1998. Off the field, meanwhile, we enjoyed plenty of beer and rib-tickling memes.
Before the tournament, we ranked the best World Cup kits and gave you a closer look at all the stadiums, and we also thought we’d have a place to keep all the best World Cup memes and social media gags from throughout the tournament. Whether created in response to an embarrassing early exit, an incredible piece of skill, or whatever else the tournament might have given us, the best internet reactions to World Cup 2018 can be found right here.
The final had it all: an own-goal, a VAR-assisted penalty, a hilarious goalkeeping blunder, and a blistering strike by Croatia’s Ivan Perišić to tie the game at 1-1 after 28 minutes. In the end, though, France has added a coveted second star to its jersey and will spend the next four years as world champions.
Surprisingly, social media reactions were mixed. Some users chose to take a more lighthearted approach to the result, while others took the chance to highlight certain political and social issues — most notably immigration and the refugee crisis affecting Europe at the moment.
Check out the best memes and reactions following Sunday’s 2018 FIFA World Cup final below.
Obviously, France’s players were ecstatic
N’Golo Kanté is too cute
President of France Emmanuel Macron even dabbed
Some made a political point
Croatia President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović was everyone’s favorite head of state
And the world congratulated France
And here are some of our favorite memes from throughout the tournament.
The world gears up for the final
Croatia still can’t believe they’ve made it this far
Football was coming home
Until it wasn’t
But at least England made it to fourth place
Harry Maguire was immortalized on and off the pitch
England actually won a penalty shootout
Neymar was roasted for his diving
And Japan made headlines for all the right reasons
Germany, Spain, and some other big teams crashed out
Maradona did what Maradona does
Michy, what were you thinking?
This Toni Kroos goal was Germany’s (only) highlight
Argentina coach Sampaoli rocked his tats
What would Gareth Southgate do?
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Next, check out the best ads for this year’s World Cup here.