Argentina fans jump on bus during World Cup parade as stars are airlifted away

Argentina were forced to abandon their victory parade due to security concerns after fans were seen jumping onto the open-top bus.

The World Cup winners were airlifted back to their training base by helicopters, much to the disappointment of the millions of fans who had lined the streets of Buenos Aires to get a glimpse of them and the trophy.

Two members of the public were seen attempting to land on the bus from a bridge it was passing under. One succeeded before being pounced on by security, while another scarily fell to the ground after missing the moving vehicle.

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Lionel Messi and some of his team-mates were sat on the roof of the back of the bus at the time and could be seen ducking out of the way.

It was decided soon after to call off the parade due to the huge crowds which had gathered around the Obelisk monument in the centre of the city.

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AFA president Chiqui Tapia tweeted: "They won’t allow us to greet everyone who was at the Obelisk. The security organisations that were escorting us won’t let us continue. I apologise in the name of all the players. A real shame."

The organisation then released a statement which confirmed: "The players will end the festivities by flying in a helicopter over the crowd of fans who gathered in the city of Buenos Aires to celebrate the victory in Qatar.

"They made that decision after verifying that they could not continue advancing by bus in the middle of the crowd."

Further fan footage showed a police car being hijacked by fans who jumped on top of it. After returning to their base near the Ezeiza Airport, the Argentina players and staff left to go home after 48 hours of celebrations following Sunday's (December 18) final.

President Alberto Fernandez declared a national holiday for today so the public could celebrate with their heroes, who landed back in Buenos Aires in the early hours of the morning.

They were still greeted by thousands upon thousands of supporters, while Messi and Co had a lucky escape after an overhead cable nearly wiped them out.


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