Thousands of fans have stormed the streets of Argentina to welcome Messi and his teammates following their epic World Cup win in Qatar.
Fans lined the streets on Tuesday, December 20 to celebrate as the country also declared a public holiday.
Argentina won their third World Cup against France, and their first since 1986, on penalties after the game finished 3-3 after 120 minutes.
As Argentina’s heroes return to capital Buenos Aires in the early hours of Tuesday, the country’s government announced it will be a national holiday to celebrate the World Cup triumph.
Superstar, Messi could be seen smiling as he departed the plane with the World Cup in his hand while manager Lionel Scaloni gave a little wave.
Messi said to reporters after the match on Sunday: “I want to be in Argentina to see how crazy it is.
“I want them to wait for me, I can’t wait to go there and enjoy it with them.” “Obviously, I wanted to complete my career with this, (I) can’t ask for more. ‘Finishing my career this way is impressive. After this, what else?”I have a Copa America, a World Cup. Almost at the very end.“I love soccer, what I do.”I enjoy being part of the national team, the group.”I want to enjoy a couple of more matches being a world champion.”