Croatia has a population of just 4.17 million people, and the percentage of the population that watched the nail-biting semi with England, witnessed the country become the smallest nation since 1950 to reach a World Cup final.
Reports of forced kisses and groping began emerging after France won the final against Croatia on Sunday night, as hundreds of thousands of fans poured into the streets of Paris and other cities.
They may have suffered defeat at the hands of France at the weekend, but the 23-man Croatia squad were welcomed with open arms by approximately 500,000 fans as they touched down in Zagreb, receiving a heroes welcome on their return.
Police fired tear gas to disperse the youths who responded by throwing objects and setting rubbish bins on fire, with the unrest causing some stampeding.
U.S. singing stars sported French team shirts, decorated two stars to mark the 2009 and 2018 World Cup victories, at their concert at the Stade de France on Sunday night.
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The Etoiles station is for now "On a 2 Etoiles" (We have 2 stars), to denote France's second World Cup victory, after one in 1998, while the Victor Hugo station is now Victor Hugo Lloris, after France's standout goalkeeper and captain.
The Louvre museum congratulated the team on its success by tweeting an image of its most famous exhibit, the Mona Lisa, resplendent in the two-starred shirt.
The Paris metro station Bercy was renamed "Bercy les Bleus" as a tribute to the French football team.
Brussels changed Arts-Loi to Hazarts-Loi, in reference to Belgium playmaker Eden Hazard.
One of the major criticisms of previous World Cups has been the legacy they leave behind, especially in terms of infrastructure, but the former UEFA president feels as though there can only be positives left behind from the summer of 2018.