With the World Cup over, here's a look at what we've learned from the tournament, including a warning for the winners and sympathy for Neymar.
Europe still rules the world
Western Europe has won four World Cups in a row, a sequence that no region has achieved before. Yet four different teams have triumphed, which shows that the strength is regional and not tied to one nation. The rest of the world, with about 94 percent of the planet's population, has produced just one top-three finish at...
MOSCOW -- In this line of work, you're taught to be cynical and contrarian. So when Gianni Infantino, the FIFA President, says "Today I am a happy man ... as far as I am concerned, we all fell in love with Russia," you want to blow holes in it.
PARIS, France -- Antoine Griezmann, Paul Pogba and Kylian Mbappe's goals against Croatia in last Sunday's 4-2 win in the World Cup final prompted massive public ecstasy as people flooded the streets all over France to celebrate Les Bleus' second trophy. Not only Paris, but Marseille and Lyon were awash with bleu, blanc et rouge on Sunday evening.
Those scenes were repeated in the capital on Monday as Didier Deschamps and his men triumphantly returned home from Russia to celebrate with their people...
France's World Cup winners left each other late on Monday night, some later than others, some more tired than others and some still full of beans after two days of non-stop partying.
They have two stars in their eyes and on their shirt now, too. After their triumphant 4-2 win against Croatia on Sunday afternoon and the official start of their holidays on Tuesday morning, the 23 musketeers came home victorious from their campaign in Russia on Monday, welcomed in Paris by hundreds of thousands...
The World Cup always offers players a chance to prove themselves on the biggest stage of all. Sometimes that even means a lucrative move to a bigger clubs afterwards (see Golden Boot winner James Rodriguez moving from Monaco to Real Madrid four years ago).
But which players' values will have gone up? And which have gone down after their exploits in Russia?
Here is a list of those whose stock has changed since the start of the World Cup.