But it wasn't his teammates that French midfielder Paul Pogba was eager to dedicate the win to.
In response, Kylian Mbappé had one thing to say to the jibes from Belgian players: "If I offended them, I apologise".
"We are not thinking about it", he said.
"Gutted to lose in the semi-finals".
France began dreaming of World Cup glory after a two-decade wait after Les Bleus on Tuesday defeated Belgium to reach the final, unleashing a wave of soccer euphoria across the country. "I'm very happy for my players, we showed character and the right mentality, it was very hard for us tonight. Everyone is with us, we're all in this together". We worked hard defensively.
"Not skipping the hard work and fighting for the group is one of my qualities - if I can help by running or shouting, then I will do it", the Paris Saint-Germain wonderkid.
"Two years ago, I remember what happened two years ago", he said.
Speaking after the game, Pogba expressed his delight but emphasised that France needed to overcome the demons of their Euro 2016 final defeat to Portugal. After winning Group D, Croatia beat Denmark and Russian Federation in penalty kicks to get to this point, while England knocked out Colombia in the round of 16 in penalties before taking down Sweden in the quarterfinals.
For sports science student Laura De Lange, 20, it was a story of failing to take chances from superior possession: "We really believed, after Brazil we thought we'd beat the French and get to the final and we're really disappointed", she said.
The terrifying ordeal that the trapped young Thai footballers went through before their dramatic rescue has put the World Cup in perspective for a couple of the sport's stars.
"Forty-nine days together, it is a lot of things, hard things, the group stage, it is the merit of everyone". I can improve and get better...
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