no, it didn’t happen through their beautiful language:

nor did they win my heart by producing bottles filled with bliss – cava sparkling prosecco

or by showing me the sunny side of life, full of palm trees, the sea and coffee shops

no, they simply went onto the pitch and showed up the italian national team and afterwards brought their children onto the pitch and played with them in the winner’s shower of glitter – and that’s the way to melt my heart

here’s a selection of my favourite shots from the moments after the game

pique stealing the goal’s net
REUTERS/Charles Platiau

big children – little children

torres & daughter nora – the pigtails didn’t hurt this incredibly adorable scene

next generation!
Alex Grimm/Getty Images

ramos and his niece

glitter and that mischievous look on torres’ face – cuteness overload!