"The World Cup gave a lot of interesting [things] to fans, players and experts. The tournament's organization was at the high level. I have seen many World Cups and the World Cup in Russia is the best for me," Popov said.

The 30-year-old added that Croatia captain Luka Modric deserved to win the Golden Ball award, a prize presented to the best player at a World Cup.

Russia's first-ever FIFA World Cup kicked off on June 14 and came to a close on Sunday with France defeating Croatia 4-2 and claiming their second title.