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20th Dec 2022

Argentina’s footballers land in Buenos Aires as national holiday is declared in the country

Jack Peat

The World champions will be paraded in the capital at noon today

Argentina’s national football team has landed in Buenos Aires ahead of what promises to be a huge celebration at the Obelisk today.

Lionel Messi led the team off the plane holding the World Cup trophy with coach Lionel Scaloni and Argentina Football Association president Claudio Tapia by his side as the team emerged onto the tarmac at the Ezeiza airport.

The Argentine government has declared Tuesday would be a bank holiday so that the entire country “can express their deepest joy for the national team.”

“The world champion squad will leave on Tuesday at noon for the Obelisk to celebrate the world title with the fans”, the Argentina Football Association (AFA) revealed on its official Twitter account.

It comes on the back of extraordinary celebrations in the capital on Sunday with supporters crowding the streets.

Argentina beat France 4-2 on penalties after a 3-3 draw in a pulsating game that was labelled by many as one of the best finals in World Cup history.

Speaking ahead of his trip home, Messi said: “I want to be in Argentina to see how crazy it is.

“I want them to wait for me, I can’t wait to go there and enjoy it with them.”

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