Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon admitted it was a dream come true to win the World Cup.
The Azzurri held their nerve from the penalty spot as they beat France 5-3 in a dramatic penalty shoot-out in Berlin.
Buffon was always confident his side could achieve success and he paid tribute to his team-mates.
"After the extra-time I thought there weren't problems and that, with a little luck, we could win," beamed Buffon. "And so it has been.
"I think to all the times when I was a child, I dreamt to touch the cup and to win it.
"We need luck, but there has been also help from above high.
"Any win can't arrive without the group's strength and the humility that allowed us to win.
"Comparison with Zoff? I don't think so. I always followed my way, other people must decide this."