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Argentina awaits to welcome Messi and winners

  • Afp, Buenos Aires
  • 20 December, 2022 12:00 AM
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Argentina awaits to welcome Messi and winners
Fans of Argentina celebrate winning the Qatar 2022 World Cup against France at Obelisk in Buenos Aires on Sunday. —AFP PHOTO

Lionel Messi and his teammates set off for Argentina with the most coveted prize in football as millions of compatriots waited to welcome them home on Monday and catch a glimpse of the World Cup trophy.

In the capital Buenos Aires and throughout the country, millions took to the streets to celebrate Sunday's remarkable penalty shoot-out victory over France in the World Cup final in Qatar.

"Of course, it's what we're all waiting for," teacher Veronica Silva, 44, told AFP from the Plaza de Mayo square in central Buenos Aires where celebrations went on into Sunday night.

"Of course we can't wait to see the players, all of them," added cleaner Rosa Rodriguez, 63.

"It's a good team who did us proud. The biggest celebration will be when they arrive."

Tens of thousands of blue and white-shirted Argentina fans rose to salute Messi as he told them "We're champions of the world!" on the stadium microphone.

Later he told Argentine television: "Obviously I wanted to finish my career with this. I can't ask for any more.

"My career is coming to end because these are my final years. What more could there be after this?"