Argentine star Lionel Messi and his teammates, during their celebration of winning the World Cup after their arrival from Qatar, managed to avoid hitting an electrical tape while riding an open bus.
Messi managed to skip the 2022 World Cup safely and played a major role in Argentina lifting the cup for the third time, but the Golden Ball winner was almost injured upon his arrival in Buenos Aires, according to the “”Eurosport“.
Messi was sitting in the back of an exposed bus and had to bend quickly to avoid the overhead cables, and his companions bowed at the right time as well, according to what was monitored by a video that spread widely on social media.
Messi and his teammates had a close miss here 😳 pic.twitter.com/nQtNwE9Cpc
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Argentina’s World Cup celebrations almost took a dark turn as Lionel Messi narrowly avoided serious harm shortly after his return to Buenos Aires, according to the site.
Messi and his team mates arrived home at around 2 am, Tuesday, after their victory in Qatar, boarded an open-top bus at the airport and were greeted by thousands of fans, as they made their way to the Argentine Football Association training ground, where they spent the night.
Messi, winner of the Ballon d’Or in Qatar, was the first to step off the plane carrying the World Cup.
Fans lined the streets of Buenos Aires to catch a glimpse of the team as they arrived after their thrilling penalty shootout victory over France in the World Cup final.
Tuesday has been declared a national holiday in Argentina and there will be a parade across the capital to celebrate winning the World Cup for the third time.
Messi finally won the cup, kissed it, embraced it and carried it after chasing it four times in vain, the closest of which was in the 2014 final when it lost to Germany with a fatal goal after extension.
The best player in the world seven times joined his compatriot, the late legend Diego Maradona, who led his country to the 1986 title after two “supernatural” goals against England in the quarter-finals, and his fans could now compare them, perhaps with Brazilian Pele, the world champion three times between 1958 and 1970.