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Argentina change World Cup trophy parade plans to avert disaster

ARGENTINA had to make a quick change to their plans to show off their World Cup trophy yesterday in order to avoid potential disaster.

The Qatar 2022 World Cup winners had to abandon an open-top bus parade in Buenos Aires and instead took a helicopter ride over the estimated four million fans celebrating in the streets.

The squad paraded the trophy yesterday at the start of a planned eight-hour journey.

But the celebrations on roads overflowing with joyous fans became more chaotic, forcing a change of plans.

“It was impossible to continue on the ground due to the explosion of joy,” tweeted presidential spokeswoman Gabriela Cerruti.

The Argentine government declared yesterday a public holiday in the country after the team beat France in Sunday’s dramatic final which was eventually settled by a penalty shootout.

After arriving home from Qatar in the early hours of yesterday, the players left the Argentine Football Association training complex on a 20-mile journey to the centre of Buenos Aires in the afternoon.

The journey was supposed to finish at the capital city’s iconic Obelisk monument, where hundred of thousands had gathered and created a party atmosphere, later that day.

But security forces would not let the bus continue to Plaza de la República — the public square where the Obelisk stands — after the celebrations became too chaotic.

“A thousand apologies on behalf of all of the champion players. [Such] a shame,” tweeted AFA president Chiqui Tapia.

There is even a video circulating on social media of a fan who attempted to jump onto the bus from a bridge and missed target, instead landing painfully on the hard road.

Banners were held aloft of skipper Lionel Messi and the late, great Diego Maradona, who captained Argentina to their last World Cup title in 1986.

Hundreds of fans lined the streets, with many on motorcycles and running behind the bus on a highway, as the parade made its way towards Plaza de la República.

“It’s crazy, it’s incredible, it’s the best thing that can happen to you in life,” Matias Gomez, 25, a metalworker, told reporters.

“It is an enormous joy to see all these happy people, all together, one with the other, holding hands, giving each other hugs, kisses. We are all one today.”

Paris St-Germain forward Messi, who captained the side and was named the Most Valuable Player of the tournament, sat in the middle of a group of the squad on the top deck.

Earlier on Tuesday, the 35-year-old posted on Instagram showing him waking up alongside the trophy.

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