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Argentina National football team stars Lionel Messi And Rodrigo de Paul and coach Lionel Scaloni had to be flown by helicopter to the center of Buenos Aires after their bus got stuck in the crowd. parade Honoring the country World Cup victoryArgentina’s federal police said on Tuesday.

A bus carrying the team is set to depart from the headquarters of the Argentine Football Association (AFA) and head to the capital’s historic monument, the Obelisk.

However, the bus was unable to make progress due to the crowd on the streets, Argentine Football Association president Claudio ‘Chiqui’ Tapia said on Tuesday.

Argentina's stars were forced to fly in by helicopter because of the large crowd.

“They did not allow us to greet all the people who were at the monument, the security agencies that accompanied us did not allow us to go forward,” Tapia said.

“A thousand apologies on behalf of all champion players.”

The players were flown in at the Obelisk and other locations and returned to AFA’s training ground in Ezeza outside Buenos Aires, police said.

The state-owned Telam news agency reported that four million people had come to watch the march in Buenos Aires, citing police.

Argentinian newspaper Infofunes reported that Messi and Angel Di Maria arrived by plane at Rosario’s local airport and then returned by helicopter to their home town of Rosario, Sante Fe province.

Messi finally drove home to celebrate his triumphant return, greeted by huge crowds of fans chanting, “Del campeone, del campeone” – “Let’s go, champion.”

Santa Fe native Scaloni and forward Angel Correa also flew back, but InfoFunes reported that was due to a delayed flight.

Messi and Di Maria prepare to board a helicopter at Islas Malvinas International Airport before heading home, Rosario, Santa Fe Province, Argentina.

Tuesday was declared a national holiday in Argentina following the team’s penalty shootout win over France in Qatar on Sunday.

The much-anticipated return of the team followed several days of celebrations across the country following Argentina’s World Cup success.

The famous Messi and Kylian Mbappé clashed on the field, which is widely called The best World Cup final ever.

As Mbappe defended France’s 2018 title in Russia, 35-year-old Messi, playing in his final World Cup, was looking to claim the trophy that has long eluded him.

Argentina took the lead in the first half with Messi’s penalty and Di Maria’s brilliant counterattacking goal, while France roared back in the second half, with two goals from Mbappe forcing the game into extra time.

Messi scored his second goal of the game to restore his side’s lead – but Mbappe scored a second penalty and grabbed his hat-trick to win the final from the penalty spot.

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