World Cup 2022: Argentina return home and holiday declared

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.

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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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