Argentina return home as bank holiday is declared

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World Cup winners Argentina were greeted by jubilant crowds at Buenos Aires airport and Tuesday has been declared a bank holiday in the country.

The squad, who defeated France in Sunday’s final, landed home at 02:24 local time (05:24 GMT) on Tuesday.

Fans lined the streets as they travelled on an open-top bus to their Football Association’s headquarters.

The main celebration will be at the capital city’s Obelisk monument at midday (15:00 GMT) on Tuesday.

The Argentine government said the day would be a bank holiday so fans “can express their deepest joy for the national team”.

Lionel Messi led the team off the plane, which carried his picture on its 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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