World Cup 2022: Argentina return home and bank holiday declared

World Cup Argentina arrive in Buenos Aires after winning the 2022 World Cup
DEC 20, 2022 LISTEN
Argentina arrive in Buenos Aires after winning the 2022 World Cup

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.


Captain Lionel Messi and coach Lionel Scaloni (right) led the team off the plane


An image of Messi was on the tail of the plane that brought Argentina home from Qatar


An open-top bus was waiting for the squad at the airport in Buenos Aires


Midfielder Enzo Fernandez played the drum on the top of the bus


Fans lined the route from the airport to Argentina's football headquarters


Fans gathered outside the country's Football Association awaiting their team


Blue and white stripes dominated the scenes