They were two winners at the 2018 World Cup, and it’s the first time in the history of the football tournament.
French President Emmanuel Macron and his countrymen took the trophy home after their 4-2 victory, but it was Croatia’s President, Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic who won our hearts. This year’s tournament in Russia had so many Presidents arriving the country to show support for their respective countries, but what Macron and Grabar did (especially in the final) is what we would not forget forever.
Croatia did not win the World Cup, but they won the respect of the whole world, including Grabar, their president, who took everyone’s looks for her empathy, humility, and hugs for Croatian and French soccer players, who made history on Sunday at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow. Even when the rain began pouring down as trophies and medals were awarded, she didn’t care.
Just got this Whatsapp post. Incredible, if true! “She flew economy class to Russia&watched the match with fans till recognized&offered a seat in the VIP area.She was unhappy though, as she wasn’t allowed to wear a team T-shirt in VIP area.Her identity?President of Croatia!” pic.twitter.com/w6GVOmh2XA
— anand mahindra (@anandmahindra) July 8, 2018
While we are all happy and could only wish for those beautiful hugs from Kolinda Grabar at the World Cup, we are now jealous of one man who would continue getting the hugs now that the tournament is over. The man, is her husband, Jakov Kitarovic.
Kolinda Grabar married Jakov Kitarovic in 1996, with whom she had two children – A 17-year-old daughter, Katarina, and a son named Luka, who was born in 2003. The couple visited met Queen Elizabeth II in 2016 during a private audience at Buckingham Palace.
Jakov who turns 50 in October succeeded Tatjana Josipović – the wife of former president Ivo Josipović – as First Spouse and is the first male person in the role, as well as the youngest to date, aged 46 when they took office in 2015. Jakov graduated from the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing of the University of Zagreb in 1998 and also has a degree in nautics from the Faculty of Maritime Sciences of the University of Rijeka. The husband of Grabar is also associated with companies including Zagreb-based software firm, Reversing Labs, and AD Plastik, the largest Croatian manufacturer of plastic parts for the car industry.
By Hassan Sanusi
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