The plane bringing Lionel Messi and his World Cup-winning team mates landed at Ezeiza airport in Buenos Aires. It was in the early hours of morning on Tuesday. The airport was immediately greeted by thousands of joyful fans. The Argentina’s heroes were warmly welcomed.
ARGENTINA’S HEROES RETURN HOME
The Argentine capital has been in full celebration mode. It was since after their dramatic World Cup final triumph over France in Qatar on Sunday. This marked Argentina’s first World Cup victory since Diego Maradona lifted the trophy in 1986.
The players waved to the crowd from an open-top bus while wearing gold winners’ medals around their necks. They took turns holding the World Cup trophy aloft. Also, they were greeted by the glimmering lights of thousands of mobile phones and the flapping of flags.
While the bus wove its way slowly through the crowd, cheering supporters sung to the beat of a drum and pyrotechnics lit up the night sky. Aerolineas Argentinas AR1915 were operated by the Argentinean government airline. Thus, it was followed by thousands of people all the way from Doha, with a brief stopover in Rome.
After spending a few hours at the Argentine Football Association (AFA) facilities near the airport, the players will go to the massive Obelisco monument in the heart of the city around midday, where hundreds of thousands are anticipated to congregate.
Messi scored twice for Argentina as they prevailed 4-2 on penalties over France following an exciting 3-3 draw.
Messi is now 35 years old. He said the World Cup final would be his last game, though he still plans to play a few more times for Argentina’s national team.