Argentina stars are forced to duck as they are almost knocked down by an overhead cable

This is the dramatic moment Lionel Messi and his team-mates were nearly knocked into the back of their open-top bus moments after returning to Argentina to celebrate their World Cup win over France.

The video shows Messi and four teammates, including Leandro Paredes and Angel Di Maria, forced to duck under an overhead power cable at the last second as they slowly rolled through a sea of ​​cheering Argentina fans.

Fans lined the streets in the middle of the night trying to catch a glimpse of the victorious Argentine soccer team as they rode through Buenos Aires in an open-top bus.

Video shows Messi and four teammates, including Leandro Paredes and Angel Di Maria, being forced to duck under an overhead power cable at the last second as they slowly rolled through a sea of ​​cheering Argentina fans

This is the dramatic moment Lionel Messi and his team-mates were nearly knocked into the back of their open-top bus moments after returning to Argentina to celebrate their World Cup win over France.

This is the dramatic moment Lionel Messi and his team-mates were nearly knocked into the back of their open-top bus moments after returning to Argentina to celebrate their World Cup win over France.

The five teammates ducked down to avoid being knocked off the open-top bus by the cable

The five teammates ducked down to avoid being knocked off the open-top bus by the cable

Footage of the near miss with the cable showed Atletico Madrid midfielder Rodrigo de Paul spotting him at the last minute and alerting his teammates to duck.

The five teammates ducked down to avoid being knocked off the open-top bus by the cable.

Leandro Paredes was perched on the edge of the upper deck of the bus but managed to keep his balance despite having to move quickly to avoid the cable.

He ducked just in time but lost his baseball cap when the cable hit the top of his head.

Messi, clutching the World Cup from his high position amid the Argentinian group of five, took fear in his stride and could be seen laughing at the shock as best he could as the vehicle ripped through the crowd of either side of the roadway under police escort.

Messi, clutching the World Cup from his high position in the middle of the Argentinian group of five, took fear in his stride and could be seen laughing in shock

Messi, clutching the World Cup from his high position in the middle of the Argentinian group of five, took fear in his stride and could be seen laughing in shock

Lionel Messi and his teammates Rodrigo De Paul, Leandro Paredes, Lautaro Martinez and Julian Alvarez celebrate on Tuesday in the open top bus in Buenos Aires

Lionel Messi and his teammates Rodrigo De Paul, Leandro Paredes, Lautaro Martinez and Julian Alvarez celebrate on Tuesday in the open top bus in Buenos Aires

Fans lined the streets in the middle of the night trying to catch a glimpse of the victorious Argentine soccer team as they rode through Buenos Aires in an open-top bus.

Fans lined the streets in the middle of the night trying to catch a glimpse of the victorious Argentine soccer team as they rode through Buenos Aires in an open-top bus.

An Argentinian journalist commenting on the scare said: “Paredes just lost his cap. What a moment. Be careful boys.

Earlier, the team smiled broadly as they stepped off their plane in Ezeiza, just outside Buenos Aires, shortly before 3 a.m. Tuesday on a red carpet.

Messi was the first player on the plane carrying the World Cup, flanked by coach Lionel Scaloni, who put his arm around the captain as they passed a sign that read: “Thank you, champions.”

The players were greeted by rock band La Mosca singing ‘Muchachos’, a fan-written song to the tune of an old band song that became a popular unofficial anthem for Argentine fans during the Cup of the world in Qatar.

The newly crowned champions boarded the open-top bus and several, including Messi, could be seen singing the lyrics to ‘Muchachos’ as they made their way to the headquarters of the Argentine Football Association.

The bus moved at a snail’s pace as fans, many waving Argentinian flags, swarmed the bus on a highway, eager to catch a glimpse of the players as law enforcement tried to keep them at bay.

Argentines Lionel Messi, Paulo Dybala, Lautaro Martinez, Leandro Paredes and Rodrigo De Paul celebrate their World Cup victory on Tuesday.

Argentines Lionel Messi, Paulo Dybala, Lautaro Martinez, Leandro Paredes and Rodrigo De Paul celebrate their World Cup victory on Tuesday.

Argentina players celebrate on a bus with supporters after winning the Qatar 2022 World Cup

Argentina players celebrate on a bus with supporters after winning the Qatar 2022 World Cup

Messi was the first player on the plane carrying the World Cup, flanked by coach Lionel Scaloni, who put his arm around the captain as they passed a sign that read:

Messi was the first player on the plane carrying the World Cup, flanked by coach Lionel Scaloni, who put his arm around the captain as they passed a sign that read: “Thank you, champions.”

Lionel Messi led his team off the plane after they landed in Buenos Aires on Tuesday

Lionel Messi led his team off the plane after they landed in Buenos Aires on Tuesday

Players will sleep at AFA headquarters for a few hours before boarding the bus later Tuesday that will take them to the Obelisk, the iconic Buenos Aires landmark that was a sea of ​​people on Sunday afternoon after the team won the country’s third World Cup, and its first since 1986.

President Alberto Fernández declared a national holiday on Tuesday so the country could celebrate the victory.

The day after the streets of Argentina turned into massive parties following Sunday’s victory, many watched closely as the flight took the players home to celebrate.

As the plane closed in on Argentine soil, nearly 200,000 people followed its path online and news channels covered the arrival live.

In the afternoon, people began to arrive at the airport and outside the AFA headquarters in the hope of catching a glimpse of the team.

Many were also already at the obelisk, apparently prepared to spend the night there to secure a prime spot for Tuesday’s festivities.

The World Cup and the success of the Messi-led team has brought much-needed good news for a country that has been stuck in the economic doldrums for years, suffering from one of the highest inflation rates in the world. and where nearly four in 10 people live in poverty.

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