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World Cup winners Argentina arrive in Buenos Aires in a crowd

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Thousands of fans have lined up in the middle of the night to get a glimpse of the Argentina football team that won one of the greatest World Cup finals. The plane transporting the World Cup winners and their captain Lionel Messi back from Qatar arrived at the Ezeiza international airport in Buenos Aires at  (05: 40 GMT) on Tuesday. Having beaten 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 the Buenos Aires city center from midday on Tuesday with millions expected out in the streets on what President Alberto Fernández declared a national holiday.

Messi, who scored twice in the final, was the first player to emerge from the plane, holding the World Cup aloft, with coach Lionel Scaloni right behind him as they walked past a sign that read, “Thank you, champions.” Forward Julian Alvarez, a revelation in Qatar with his four goals, was one of the following players to emerge, alongside the man whose place he took in the team, Lautaro Martinez, who was carrying a drum.
The players were welcomed by the rock band La Mosca singing Muchachos, a song that was written by a fan to the tune of an old song by the band and became a popular unofficial anthem for Argentina fans at the World Cup in Qatar. Before heading to AFA Headquarters, the newly crowned World Champion boarded an open-top bus and sang while waiting for everyone to board.

The bus moved at a snail’s pace while many fans, waving Argentinian flags, swarmed the bus on the highway, eager to catch a glimpse of the players as police officers kept them at bay. did. The players will sleep for a few hours at AFA headquarters before heading to Buenos Aires’ landmark Obelisk later on Tuesday, after winning their third World Cup since the 1986 French Dream, on Sunday afternoon. It was a sea of ​​people. Consecutive wins. With seven goals for Qatar in 2022, Messi finished second on the competition’s goalscoring list behind Frenchman Kylian Mbappe.

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