Messi along with team Argentina evacuated by helicopter after fans swarm team bus
Argentina’s World Cup-winning team was greeted by more than four million ecstatic fans during an open-top bus tour in Buenos Aires.
After the scores were tied 3-3 in extra time, Argentina defeated France 4-2 on penalties, giving Lionel Messi his first FIFA World Cup victory and a stunning victory to his international football career. Messi scored two goals and Kylian Mbappe three for France. Argentina only had one additional scorer, Angel di Maria.
Messi, the all-time leading goal scorer for Argentina in World Cup history, broke numerous records in the record-breaking final. Seven goals were scored him during the FIFA World Cup 2022. The Golden Ball was given to the 35-year-old for being the best player at the Qatar-hosted FIFA World Cup in 2022. Messi is the only player to have won the Golden Ball twice, scoring 26 goals for Argentina in important international competitions (2014 and 2022).
They were holding an open-top bus tour through the capital city, where millions of supporters have gathered, to continue the celebrations.
¡¡¡DALE CAMPEÓN, DALE CAMPEÓN!!!! 🏆⭐⭐⭐
¡Gracias, gracias y más gracias!
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— 🇦🇷 Selección Argentina ⭐⭐⭐ (@Argentina) December 21, 2022
Millions of people took to the streets of Buenos Aires on Tuesday to celebrate Argentina’s World Cup victory, causing a planned parade route to be disrupted and forcing Lionel Messi and his teammates to abandon an open-top bus in favour of flying over the city in helicopters.
Due to the large number of people, the squad was forced to change their route and cut the parade short, returning to Ezeiza by helicopter. The AFA president apologised to his supporters on Twitter.
“They don’t let us get to greet all the people who were at the Obelisk, the same Security agencies that escorted us, don’t allow us to move forward. A thousand apologies on behalf of all the Champion players. A pity,” Claudio Tapia wrote.