Millions of jubilant fans swarmed the streets of Buenos Aires to see Lionel Messi and Co. after they brought the nation their first World Cup title since 1986. The Argentinian government declared a national holiday to mark the special occasion, and fans thronged into the streets from the early morning to catch glimpse of the team.
As per some estimates, more than four million people assembled on the street to watch the bus parade by Argentine players. They were greeted by ecstatic fans at Ezeiza airport in the wee hours of the morning. The bus was supposed to reach the iconic Obelisco monument but couldn’t do because of security concerns. A few people from the overbridge tried to jump into the team bus, and one of them fell down terribly.
Players and support staff were then evacuated in choppers, and they circled around the city before landing at the headquarters of Argentine Football Association.
“The world champions are flying over the entire route in helicopters because it became impossible to continue on land due to the explosion of joy,” presidential spokeswoman Gabriela Cerruti wrote on Twitter.
The World Cup came at an opportune moment, as many experts feel it will bring a shade of optimism to the country that had been battling an economic crisis and high inflation. It was also a much-needed trophy for Lionel Messi, who was often criticised for not winning the World Cup title like his idol Diego Maradona. The flag featuring Messi and Maradona was also unfurled in the streets.
After winning the World Cup at Lusail Stadium, Messi also recreated the iconic Maradona picture. He was lifted on his shoulder by Sergio Aguero and was made to walk around the field, with teammates and fans surrounding him.
Earlier it was rumoured that Messi will retire after the final of the World Cup, but he stated that he has no such plans. While Messi is unarguably the biggest star of his country, the World Cup also made young players like Julian Alvarez and Enzo Fernandes household names.
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