Nabil Fekir paraded the World Cup trophy around the Groupama Stadium ahead of Lyon’s Ligue 1 curtain raiser against Amiens on Sunday.
Fekir, who featured six times in Russia as France went all the way to win the tournament, was given a hero’s welcome as he came out on to the pitch.
The forward is a popular figure amongst the Lyon supporters and became even more so after he remained at the club despite interest from Liverpool.
The Frenchman only returned to training this week and was not part of the squad as Lyon kicked-off their league campaign with a victory.
Memphis Depay stepped up and put in a match-winning performance in Fekir’s absence as Lyon eased past Amiens.
Bertrand Traore opened the scoring after 24 minutes with a well-taken finish before Deapy doubled their advantage in the second half.
The forward expertly curled in a free kick with 15 minutes remaining to seal a comfortable victory.
Depay scored 19 league goals last season, finishing it strongly to put himself in the frame for a move to a bigger club.
The former Manchester United player recently said that, although he feels happy at Lyon, he is open to a move before the summer transfer window closes at the end of August.