It's 4am in Buenos Aires and the streets are packed at Argentina's open-top bus parade
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Hundreds of thousands of fans lined the streets of Buenos Aires on Tuesday morning to greet Argentina's World Cup winning squad.
Lionel Messi was the first player to leave the aircraft at around 3am and as fans and media watched from afar, he held the famous Jules Rimet trophy aloft alongside manager Lionel Scaloni.
After a brief appearance at the Ezeiza international airport in Buenos Aires, the 26-man squad and numerous staff members headed to an open-top bus, where they would soon be greeted by a flood of fans.
Argentina declared Tuesday a national holiday to celebrate their World Cup victory and well, the festivities will no doubt go long into the night. Check out the incredible scenes below.
A plane containing the World Cup winners officially landed at 2:17am on Tuesday morning, but that early morning start didn't deter the players, who were filmed celebrating during their flight.
Lautaro Martinez was seen playing a drum while Enzo Fernandez played the shaker as they sang about their triumph.
Eventually, after 176,000 people tracked their flight, the Argentina squad made their way onto the open top bus, although the likes of Lionel Messi, Angel di Maria and Leandro Paredes almost collided with a cable during the parade.
That's right. As they sat at the back of the bus, the trio were suddenly met with a bunch of overhead cables. As you can see from the footage below, they managed to escape. But only just.
😂😂 watch out..— All About Argentina 🛎🇦🇷 (@AlbicelesteTalk) December 20, 2022
Gonzalo Montiel's winning penalty on Sunday afternoon sparked some unbelievable scenes back home in Argentina, as one 'empty' street was suddenly filled with celebrating fans.
Argentina's capital, Buenos Aires, was the scene of this remarkable clip, which shows Avenida 9 de Julio, one of the busiest streets, be almost empty before fans ran around celebrating when the final spot kick went in.
You can just about hear the fans at the far end of the street as they get ready to watch the final penalty. And it goes eerily quiet as Montiel steps up.
But the Sevilla full-back managed to beat Hugo Lloris with a cool, calm and collected spot kick, meaning Scaloni's men were crowned world champions for the first time since 1986.
Going by bicycle towards Buenos Aires main square while last penalty is taken.— Tancredi Palmeri (@tancredipalmeri) December 19, 2022
Seems like the end of war has been declared.
Fucking hell I’m crying in my Uber watching this and I’m not even Argentinian pic.twitter.com/zfj2i3ZYpT
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