Argentina’s players abandon their World Cup parade after fans jump onto an open-top bus

An open-top bus convoy by Argentina’s World Cup-winning soccer team has been abandoned due to security concerns as an estimated 4 million fans lined the streets of Buenos Aires, forcing players to continue their helicopter tour.

The president of the Argentine Football Association (AFA) confirmed that the players were unable to reach the central Obelisco monument as planned due to the size of the crowd.

The pictures also showed a fan jumping onto the bus from an overpass, and falling into the upper deck occupied by the Argentine players. A second fan tried to follow him but missed the bus, narrowly avoiding Lionel Messi, falling backwards into the crowd below.

The players were then flown into helicopters to greet the crowds from the air.

A fan jumps on a bus from an overpass

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A fan jumps on a bus from an overpass

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The convertible bus came to a halt as fans took to the streets to celebrate Argentina’s first World Cup victory since 1986.

AFC President Txiki Tapia tweeted: “They are not allowing us to take in all the people who were in the Obelisco.

An estimated 4 million fans celebrate in Buenos Aires

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An estimated 4 million fans celebrate in Buenos Aires

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The security agents who accompanied us will not let us go further. A thousand apologies on behalf of all the heroic players.”

Another statement from the organization said: “The players will end the celebrations by flying a helicopter over the crowd of fans who gathered in Buenos Aires to celebrate the victory in Qatar.

“They made this decision after verifying that they could not continue to drive the bus through the crowd.”

President Alberto Fernandez declared Tuesday a national holiday so that the country could celebrate the victory.

Lionel Messi and his teammates celebrate on the bus before being forced to abandon the parade

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Lionel Messi and his teammates celebrate on the bus before being forced to abandon the parade

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In the afternoon, fans began arriving at Buenos Aires Airport and outside the AFC headquarters hoping to get a glimpse of the team.

During the long flight from Qatar, Messi hosted the World Cup while Nicolas Tagliafico posted a picture of the trophy curled up in a seat.

Argentina fans celebrate in Buenos Aires

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Argentina fans celebrate in Buenos Aires

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The World Cup and the team’s success brought much needed good news to a country that has been in recession for years, is suffering from one of the highest rates of inflation in the world, and with nearly four out of 10 people living in poverty.

Argentina fans gather on the highways during the homecoming parade on Tuesday

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Argentina fans gather on the highways during the homecoming parade on Tuesday

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Fernandez retweeted several congratulatory messages from other world leaders, including Russian President Vladimir Putin, on his World Cup victory.

“Thank you for this salute to President Putin,” Fernandez wrote on Twitter after a phone call with the Russian leader.

Lionel Messi takes pictures with his phone while celebrating on the bus

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Lionel Messi takes pictures with his phone while celebrating on the bus

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“Let the happiness that today unites Argentina with many countries of the world be an example: our societies need unity and peace.”

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