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World Cup Homecoming Brings Argentina to a Halt

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As Argentina’s national soccer team touched down in Buenos Aires on Tuesday after winning the World Cup, hundreds of thousands of Argentines flocked to greet the players. The federal government declared their homecoming a national holiday, and the team began a 50-mile victory parade through the capital.

The team toured town on an open-top bus flanked by security guards, and players were seen beating drums and sipping viajeros, an area drink that mixes Coca-Cola with Fernet, an Italian spirit, downed from a cutoff plastic bottle. So many individuals turned out to welcome the team, not less than 4 million, in response to local media, that the parade was stopped early since the streets were overflowing with people. Some fans threw themselves off bridges to attempt to get into the open-top bus carrying the players, and one supporter died after falling from a monument downtown during celebrations on Sunday night.

The tour ended with team members flying across town in helicopters as a substitute. The celebrations have been constant since Argentina won its third World Cup title on Sunday. The night of the victory, greater than one million people streamed into Avenida 9 de Julio, in the center of the capital, chanting songs, blaring automobile horns and setting off fireworks.

Listed here are scenes from what could be the biggest open-air party in Buenos Aires’s history.

— Ana Lankes

Lionel Messi and his teammates rode an open-top bus toward the Obelisk, and at every step they were surrounded by hundreds of fans.

Thousands and thousands of fans paralyzed Buenos Aires, forcing several parade route changes and the eventual abandonment of it.

The national team members took turns holding the trophy, as they sang, drank and waved flags throughout the parade.

Thousands and thousands of individuals celebrated in Buenos Aires after Argentina’s national team delivered the country’s third World Cup victory.

Leandro Paredes held the World Cup trophy aloft as he and his teammates sang with supporters along the parade route.

The Obelisk at the middle of Buenos Aires, which commemorates the founding of town, was so filled with supporters that it forced a last-minute change within the parade route.

Fans across the Obelisk climbed onto the whole lot that would hold them, including street lamps and the awnings above bus stations.

Seated on the back of the bus, Lionel Messi and his teammates began the journey from the Ezeiza training center to downtown Buenos Aires shortly before noon on Tuesday.

Accompanied by trumpets, drums or sometimes nothing in any respect, Argentina supporters have been singing seemingly for the reason that start of the ultimate match on Sunday.

Images of Messi alongside the legendary Argentine soccer player Diego Maradona were unfurled throughout the capital.

The caravan advanced slowly through densely packed crowds almost from the beginning. Local media estimated not less than 4 million people filled the streets celebrating the team’s victory.

The immense crowds forced the team to desert the parade route; players were as a substitute boarded into helicopters to fly over the Obelisk.

Trophy in hand, Messi led his team off the plane at Ezeiza International Airport, where they were greeted by a large crowd of supporters.

The team’s bus drove from the airport to the Argentina Football Association training center in Ezeiza, within the Buenos Aires province.

Fans young and old sang within the streets before, during and after seeing the players’ bus drive by.

Argentina’s national team paraded through the capital in a bus as fans cheered and welcomed them home.

Lionel Messi, Rodrigo de Paul, Leandro Paredes, Lautaro Martínez and Julián Álvarez were among the many players seen singing from the open-top bus that transported them to the training center.

Fans cheered from the bottom to the height of Buenos Aires’s iconic Obelisk.

The team’s official parade began in earnest on Tuesday with players again touring a 50-mile route through town in buses.

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