World Cup 2022: Argentina celebrate in Buenos Aires bus parade amid jubilant scenes

Argentina players dance and sing on top of the bus during their World Cup-winning parade in Buenos Aires
Argentina’s footballers have won the World Cup for the first time since 1986

Argentina’s World Cup winners have been given an emotional reception by thousands lining the streets of Buenos Aires, as Lionel Messi led ecstatic celebrations in a open-top bus parade.

The squad showed off the trophy, which they won by beating France in Sunday’s final, as they started an eight-hour ride through the capital city.

The Argentine government declared a national holiday on Tuesday.

Hundreds of thousands gathered at Buenos Aires’ iconic Obelisk monument.

With the majority of the jubilant fans wearing the national team’s blue and white, it is a sea of colour in Plaza de la República – the public square where the Obelisk stands – as they wait for the squad in the place where the parade is set to finish.

Hundreds of thousands Argentinians pack into Buenos Aires' Plaza de la República, which is where the World Cup winning-squad's bus parade will finish later on Tuesday
Hundreds of thousands Argentinians had packed into Buenos Aires’ Plaza de la República by midday on Tuesday

Banners were held aloft of captain Messi and the late Diego Maradona – another iconic Argentine player regarded as one of the greatest players ever – while other fans played instruments or climbed lampposts.

After arriving home from Qatar in the early hours of Tuesday morning, the players left the Argentine Football Association (AFA) training complex on a 20-mile journey to the centre of Buenos Aires 11:45 local time (14:45 GMT).

Hundreds of fans lined the streets – with many riding scooters and running behind the bus on a motorway – as the parade made its way towards Plaza de la República.

“It’s crazy, it’s incredible, it’s the best thing that can happen to you in life,” said Matias Gomez, 25, a metalworker.

“It is an enormous joy to see all these happy people, all together, one with the other, holding hands, giving each other hugs, kisses. We are all one today.”

Paris St-Germain forward Messi, who captained the side and cemented his place for many as the greatest footballer ever by lifting the World Cup, sat in the middle of a group of the squad on the top deck.

Earlier on Tuesday, he posted on Instagram showing him waking up alongside the trophy.

Argentina has been in party mode since Sunday’s dramatic penalty shootout win against France in Qatar, which gave the country its first World Cup win since Maradona lifted the trophy 36 years ago.

Messi, 35, finally achieved his World Cup dream as La Albiceleste won their third crown in one of the greatest finals in the tournament’s history.

Argentina's players - including captain Lionel Messi - celebrate with their adoring fans from an open-top bus during Tuesday's parade
The players danced and sang on the top of the bus as it moved through the city
Argentina fans climb on top of a bus top in Buenos Aires' Plaza de la República as they waited for the team's arrival
Fans climbed on top of a bus stop in Buenos Aires’ Plaza de la República as they waited for the team’s planned arrival
Argentina fans playing music and dancing in Buenos Aires
The celebrations were soundtracked by people playing musical instruments and encouraging others to dance
Argentina fans wears a Lionel Messi flag draped over his shoulders
Almost everyone at the parade was wearing Argentina blue and white

BBC Sport app banner

Get the latest results and goal notifications for any team at the Fifa World Cup by downloading the BBC Sport app: Appleexternal-linkAndroidexternal-linkAmazonexternal-link

BBC Sport bannerBBC Sounds logo

Get your daily dose of Fifa World Cup reaction, debate & analysis with World Cup Daily on BBC Sounds

Around the BBC footer - Sounds

Source link

Related Articles

Back to top button