On Monday, Argentines waited impatiently to welcome home their World Cup heroes as France’s defeated stars landed back in Paris following the extraordinary final drama that took place in Qatar.
In anticipation of the arrival of the newly crowned world champions late on Monday night, the capital of South America is making preparations for a big street party.
A newspaper kiosk in Buenos Aires featured a banner that read, “Crowned with glory.” At the same time, the dailies Clarin and La Prensa each extended a heartfelt “Thank you” to Lionel Messi and the rest of his teammates for leading Argentina to its third world championship and its first in over three decades.
After a dramatic 3-3 stalemate over the course of 120 minutes of unmatched drama in Qatar, Argentina won the final 4-2 on penalties to claim the title.
Local city employees continued to clean up the debris from the celebrations when millions of people flocked to the streets in jubilation. As a result, the party that began after Sunday’s final was briefly put on hold for a short period of time.
When the squad arrives at the Ezeiza airport in Buenos Aires at 2:25 am (0525 GMT) on Tuesday, they will undoubtedly be met with a scorchingly enthusiastic welcome.
“They will be greeted by me when they arrive at the airport. We owe it to them to extend our congratulations and gratitude now that they have been crowned “According to Jose Luis Quinoga, 56, who was speaking to AFP at the Obelisk memorial in the center of Buenos Aires, where more than a million people had partied the night before,
The Argentine football association (AFA) said that they will celebrate with fans at the Obelisk on Tuesday. A private welcome will be held for the returning players at a VIP suite in the airport, and the AFA also plans to greet the players in person.
Julieta Rosel, 23 years old, told AFP when she was at the memorial that after she leaves work, the first thing she will do is come here.
Before that, they are scheduled to relax at the AFA training facilities close to the airport. On Monday, there was already a significant police presence surrounding the facility as supporters began to congregate around it in the early afternoon.
Messi ultimately capped off his record-breaking career by winning the most prestigious award in football by delivering one of the most impressive performances in the history of the World Cup Betting Bonuses. Messi scored a first-half penalty and then scored again in extra time.
In doing so, he imitated his predecessor as Argentina’s idol, Diego Maradona, who led the country to their second world title with a series of match-winning displays at Mexico 1986. Maradona led Argentina to their second world victory.
“I remember ’86, but this triumph yesterday was much more emotional and much more difficult,” architect Ricardo Grunfeld, 65, told AFP. “This victory was much more emotional and much more stressful.”
This comes at a nice time, said Zulema Guereri, who is 80 years old. “I don’t know if there’s any difference with ’86,” she added.
Kylian Mbappe scored only the second World Cup final hat-trick in history to send the tense final to penalties, where Gonzalo Montiel scored the decisive penalty kick. Argentina had led 2-0 with 10 minutes of normal time left and 3-2 with only two minutes of extra time left, but Mbappe completed only the second hat-trick in the history of the World Cup final.
“people acted in a really nice way,” according to a representative for the town, who noted that despite the large number of people who participated in the celebrations on Sunday.
There were fewer than 20 people arrested for various acts of violence or theft that occurred in isolated situations.
An employee who was clearing debris told AFP on Monday that there were some signs of vandalism, including broken shop windows, near the Obeslik. The Obeslik also sustained some damage to its cameras and an internal stairwell after people tore down protective barriers and broke open a door, the worker said.
Normal It appeared as though normal life had resumed by Monday morning, with street vendors selling their usual wares rather than items related to the football game, such as flags and jerseys.
It is said that “It warms the heart.”
After their return from Qatar on Monday, the supporters in the center of Paris gave the French national team players a warm and enthusiastic welcome.
They materialized on a balcony of the Crillon Hotel with a view of the Place de la Concorde in front of them.
Marcus Thuram, a forward for the French team, was interviewed by TF1 TV and said the following: “Frankly, it’s beautiful, it warms the heart, it’s a real pleasure to see that we were able to make so many French people proud and happy.”
They arrived at the Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris just before 8:00 pm (1900 GMT), and from there they were transported in a convoy of coaches directly to the middle of the city.
Hugo Lloris, the goalkeeper for the team as well as the captain, spoke to TF1 on how this was an opportunity to “welcome them (the supporters), to thank them for their support, and, after the disappointment of yesterday, to seek their comfort.”
One of the most controversial World Cups in the annals of sports history was capped off by a riveting final.
The Qatari organizers were continuously confronted with queries regarding the country’s policies regarding homosexuality and its treatment of migrant labor.
More than one million people traveled to Qatar just to witness the matches, according to FIFA, the organization that governs football on a global scale. The cumulative attendance at the stadiums was estimated to be 3.4 million spectators.