A parade to celebrate people Argentina World Cup The champions were abruptly cut short on Tuesday, as millions poured into the streets, highways and overpasses in a chaotic attempt to catch a glimpse of the national team that won one of the The greatest World Cup final of all time.
So many jubilant flag-waving fans flooded the capital that the players had to abandon the outdoor bus that took them to Buenos Aires and board a helicopter to reach the capital’s flyover, which the government calls an aerial parade. .
Gabriela Cerruti, a spokeswoman for President Alberto Fernández, wrote on social media: “World champions are flying all over the line by helicopter because it is not possible to continue by land due to the explosion of human happiness. people”.
After flying over the key points of Buenos Aires where fans gathered, the helicopter returned to the headquarters of the Argentine Football Association outside the capital.
Some fans continued to celebrate in the streets, while others left Buenos Aires with long faces, complaining they could not pay their respects to the team that took home the first world championship trophy. for the country since 1986.
Diego Benavídez, 25, who has been waiting since early morning to see the team, said: “We are angry that the government has not organized this properly, so that we can all celebrate. “They stole the World Cup from us.”
Others, however, strode.
“I wasn’t disappointed, we lived the party,” said Nicolás López, 33, in downtown Buenos Aires with her 7-year-old daughter.
The parade was suspended shortly after two people jumped from a bridge onto an open-top bus carrying the players. One got inside the bus, the other fell onto the sidewalk.
The head of the football association Claudio Tapia blamed law enforcement for the change of plans. “The security agencies that are escorting us are not allowing us to move forward,” Tapia wrote on social media. “I apologize on behalf of all champion players.”
As night fell, when most fans had poured out of downtown Buenos Aires, there were sporadic clashes between some strays and law enforcement. Local media reported at least eight people were injured.
The incidents began when firefighters arrived at the Obelisk, Buenos Aires’ iconic landmark that is the site of traditional celebrations, to evict some people who had broken their way inside the memorial. .
The bus moved at snail speed for more than four hours through the crowd before the land parade was cut short. Captain Lionel Messi and the rest of the players waved to the crowd as they lifted the world championship trophy after winning the country’s third title.
“It’s crazy, it’s indescribable,” said Brian Andreassi, 23, as he walked downtown in his team’s jersey. “There are no words.”
The World Cup and the success of the Messi-led team have brought much-needed good news to a country stuck for years in economic stagnation and one of the countries with high inflation rates. highest in the world, with nearly 4 out of 10 people living in poverty.
“There is great solidarity among all Argentines – unity, happiness. As if you could breathe a different air, there is a different energy in the air,” said Victoria Roldán. “My body and heart are about to explode.”
Carrying a replica of the World Cup, the 32-year-old and her sister Mariana, 36, were eager to catch a glimpse of the team and especially captain Messi.
Roldán said: “We would love to meet him. “To see him with that bright smile, with his bright eyes full of hope, it really filled our hearts with joy and happiness. … I think Leo has deserved it. with that for years, and this is his moment.”
The players all smiled as they watched the crowd jostling each other to get as close to the bus as possible. According to local media, citing police sources, an estimated 4 million people took to the streets on Tuesday afternoon.
“I celebrate the way people took to the streets to honor our team,” President Alberto Fernández wrote on social media after the parade was cut short.
Celebrating fans flooded highways, boulevards and routes into the capital as temperatures hit 30 degrees Celsius (86 degrees Fahrenheit).
Thousands of people set up camp early Tuesday morning in Obelisk.
The President of Argentina declared a national holiday on Tuesday, so that the whole country could celebrate the World Cup victory.
The song “Muchachos” was written by a fan and became the famous unofficial anthem of the Argentina team at the World Cup, filling the streets as fans joined in singing the song over and over again.
Some fans also honored Argentine soccer legend Diego Maradona, captain of the 1986 World Cup-winning team and who passed away two years ago, with flags bearing his name and face. “This one is for Diego who is seeing it from heaven,” chanted the fan.
“This is a party. The last time Argentina won was when I was 3 years old, I don’t remember anything,” said Yael Torchinsky, 39. “I want to live intensely because the people of Argentina need this happiness.”
By mid-afternoon, fans had begun to fill the Plaza de Mayo in front of the Government House, amid rumors that the players might be there for a re-enactment of Argentina’s 1986 World Cup victory celebrations being held. over there. According to Security Minister Aníbal Fernández, Fernández’s government provided the palatial residence, commonly known as Casa Rosada, or the Pink House.
The warm welcome for the team began before dawn as thousands of fans lined up as they returned from Qatar.
The players beamed as they got off the plane in Ezeiza, a suburb of the Argentine capital, just before 3 a.m. on the red carpet. Messi was the first on the field, carrying the World Cup trophy, flanked by coach Lionel Scaloni, who put his arm around the captain as they passed a sign that read: “Thank you guys champion”.
The team was greeted by rock band La Mosca singing “Muchachos” and several players, including Messi, sang the words as they boarded the bus that took them to the Argentine Football Association headquarters.
The bus took an hour to travel 11 kilometers (6.8 miles) from the airport to AFA headquarters, where the players were greeted with fireworks and then rested for the night. In the morning, Messi posted a photo on social media showing him holding the World Cup trophy next to him as he slept.
Associated Press report.
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