Stars of politics, sport, music at World Cup final

Published on NewsOK Modified: July 13, 2014 at 8:18 pm •  Published: July 13, 2014
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RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Vladimir Putin chatted with Angela Merkel, and David Beckham hugged Pele at the World Cup final on Sunday.

Tom Brady looked on from the VIP seats when his wife Gisele Bundchen brought the trophy on the field before the game.

Mick Jagger and LeBron James were also in the Maracana Stadium to see Germany beat Argentina 1-0 in extra time.

Celebrities rubbed shoulders at the stadium, starting with Shakira singing and Carlos Santana playing guitar during the closing ceremony.

At the final whistle, German chancellor Merkel jumped from her seat and raised both arms in triumph. She warmly embraced the German players as they collected their medals.

Merkel turned to her right and was kissed on both cheeks by Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff.

Russia's President Putin and FIFA President Sepp Blatter were next in line with congratulations.

While Putin watched the match settled deep into his chair, to his immediate right International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach was perched attentively forward to see his native Germany play.

And when Rousseff was a few minutes late back for the second half, Putin took his chance to take her seat for an extra conversation with Merkel.

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