While Fifa weighed up what went right and what went wrong, a sea of yellow and green washed over Brazil as the country took to the streets to celebrate an unprecedented fifth World Cup title.
The win over Germany helped wipe away Brazil's 3-0 loss to the French at the last World Cup four years ago, when Ronaldo had cut a forlorn figure after suffering a fit hours before the game.
Understandably the mood in Germany was less upbeat as the nation came to terms with Brazil's victory.
A slip-up from goalkeeping hero Oliver Kahn for Ronaldo's first goal played a major part in Germany's defeat.
Prior to the final, Kahn had been named the tournament's best goalkeeper after he had conceded just one goal in six games.
Even so Germany did have the consolation that no-one had expected them to reach the final - two weeks before the tournament started, only 5% of Germans believed the team would emerge as champions.
And as hosts of the 2006 World Cup Germany will not have to qualify, though ironically Brazil will have to participate in the South American qualifiers if they are to defend their crown in Europe.