Thousands lined up at midnight to get a glimpse of the team that won one of the greatest World Cup finals of all time.
Thousands of fans have lined up since midnight trying to get a glimpse of the Argentina football team that won one of the greatest World Cup finals of all time.
The plane carrying The champion of the world and their captain Lionel Messi returning from Qatar arrived at Ezeiza International Airport in Buenos Aires at 2:40 a.m. local time (05:40 GMT) on Tuesday.
After beating France in Sunday’s thrilling final, the players will spend the night at the Argentine Football Association (AFA) training complex near the airport.
They will then begin a tour of downtown Buenos Aires from Tuesday noon with millions expected to take to the streets on the day President Alberto Fernández has declared a national holiday.
Messi, who scored twice in the finalwas the first player to step off the plane, holding the World Cup aloft, with coach Lionel Scaloni walking right behind them as they passed a sign that read: “Thank you champions.”
Striker Julian Alvarez, a discovery in Qatar with his four goals, was among the next players to appear, along with his replacement on the team, Lautaro Martinez, who was carrying the drums.
Nicolás Tagliafico posted a picture of the World Cup locked in a plane seat as if it were just another passenger.
– Nico Tagliafico (@nico_taglia) December 19, 2022
Messi’s image is decorated on the tail of the plane with the words: “One team, One country, One dream”.
The players were greeted by rock band La Mosca singing Muchachos, a song written by a fan to the tune of an old band song that has become an unofficial anthem popular with fans. Argentina grave at the World Cup in Qatar.
The newly crowned world champions board an open-top bus and sing along while waiting for everyone to board, before heading to AFA headquarters.
The bus moved at a snail’s pace as fans, many of them waving Argentine flags, flooded the bus on the highway, eager to catch a glimpse of the players as the staff actually Law enforcement tries to stop them.
The players will sleep at the AFA headquarters for a few hours before the following Tuesday to the Obelisk, Buenos Aires’ iconic landmark, which was once a sea of people on Sunday afternoon after the team won the World Cup. The country’s third Cup, the first since 1986, shattered France’s dream of winning again.
With 7 goals at Qatar 2022, Messi is also second in the list of top scorers of the tournament, behind France’s Kylian Mbappe.