ARGENTINA has declared a national holiday on Tuesday to celebrate Lionel Messi and Co’s stunning World Cup triumph over France.
The South American champions won their third World Cup, and their first since 1986, on penalties after the game finished 3-3 after 120 minutes.
GettyMessi left the plane with his medal around his neck and the trophy in hand[/caption]
GettyArgentina has announced a national holiday for Tuesday[/caption]
APCelebrations will start at 3pm UK time[/caption]
APArgentina’s players boarded an open top bus to celebrate in the early hours[/caption]
ReutersThousands lined the streets HOURS before the party officially begins[/caption]
Right-back Gonzalo Montiel scored the decisive penalty, winning the nail-biting shootout 4-2.
Captain Messi departed the plane with the World Cup in hand.
While manager Lionel Scaloni gave a little wave.
Celebrations in the Argentine capital will start at 3pm UK time.
Messi is excited to see his fans line the streets for what could be a party for the ages.
He said: “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.”
Messi is also not ready to retire from international football just yet.
The two-goal final hero said: “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.”
EPAMessi alongside ‘bodyguard’ pal and fellow winner Rodrigo De Paul[/caption]
ReutersThe captain was all smiles[/caption]
AFPFootball mad fans caught a glimpse of their winners[/caption]
GettyMessi, Dybala, De Paul, Paredes and Lautaro Martinez singing[/caption]