Kylian Mbappe fired France to Nations League glory on Sunday after netting the winner which completed a comeback from a goal down to beat Spain 2-1 in Milan.
Mbappe struck with 10 minutes remaining to win the title for world champions France after Karim Benzema had levelled just two minutes after Mikel Oyarzabal put Spain into a 64th-minute lead.
The win will ease some of the pain created by an early exit from Euro 2020 at the hands of Switzerland and highlighted just how powerful France are going forward.
"I really wanted to win a trophy with France, and now it's done," said Benzema, who returned to the France fold ahead of the Euro, to M6.
"We showed strength of character, because this team is very strong, never gives up and we have proven it today.
"It is the sign of a great team not to panic, to be patient and to wait for the right opportunity."
Les Bleus came out on top of a match at the San Siro which came to life after Oyarzabal slid home the opener.
As well as the two goals from their superstar attackers, France had other opportunities to score through Mbappe before a frantic finish in which Spain launched an assault on the French goal.
Didier Deschamps can thank Hugo Lloris the match didn't go into extra-time after the France captain pulled off a fine stoppage time save to deny Yeremi Pino a late leveller.
A previously niggly contest suddenly got going in the 63rd minute when a sweeping French passing move started by Benjamin Pavard ended with Theo Hernandez smashing a first-time finish against the crossbar.
Just seconds later Spain took the lead through Oyarzabal, who swept home a precision left-foot finish to the delight of the Spanish fans gathered behind that goal.
However no sooner had those supporters stopped celebrating than France were level through Benzema, who curled home an outstanding strike after being fed by Mbappe.
Mbappe then had two chances in quick succession to put France head, first chipping way over with Simon off his line in the 68th minute and then hitting a tame shot at the Athletic Bilbao goalkeeper after being set up by Benzema.
Deschamps heaped praise on Benzema after the once-exiled forward played a key role in France's triumph.
"Karim is a crucial player and he has proved over two matches that he has very obvious talent, it's there for all to see," Deschamps told reporters.
"He has improved in different areas, he's clinical, he plays his part in the build-up."
Spain coach Luis Enrique said he was happy with his side despite them coming up short.
"I know that we were able to win against European champions and play almost even with the world champions so for players and the team that is all good," Enrique told reporters. "The important thing is that the team maintains its personality and will to win."