Argentina return home as bank holiday is declared

Argentina return home as bank holiday is declared

World Cup winners Argentina was met by exuberant crowds at Buenos Aires airport, and the government has proclaimed Tuesday a bank holiday.

The team, which won the final on Sunday by defeating France, arrived at their destination at 05:24 GMT on Tuesday.

As they rode an open-top bus to the offices of their Football Association, supporters lined the streets.

Tuesday at noon (5:00 GMT), the main ceremony will take place at the Obelisk monument in the capital city.

The day will be a bank holiday, according to the Argentine government, so supporters “may express their deepest joy for the national team.”

The team was led off of the aircraft by Lionel Messi, whose image was visible on the tail.

Lionel Messi steps out of a plane with the World Cup trophy
Captain Lionel Messi and coach Lionel Scaloni (right) led the team off the plane
A picture of Lionel Messi on the tail of a plane
An image of Messi was on the tail of the plane that brought Argentina home from Qatar
Argentina players on an open-top bus
An open-top bus was waiting for the squad at the airport in Buenos Aires
Argentina on the top of a bus
Midfielder Enzo Fernandez played the drum on the top of the bus
Fans lining the street
Fans lined the route from the airport to Argentina’s football headquarters
A man on a horse with an Argentina flag and a Messi shirt
Fans gathered outside the country’s Football Association awaiting their team
Argentina fans celebrating
Blue and white stripes dominated the scenes

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