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20th Dec 2022

Argentina stars almost knocked off open top bus during trophy parade

Callum Boyle

A close shave.

Argentina’s World Cup winning squad were almost knocked off their open top bus during their victory parade in Buenos Aires.

Lionel Scaloni and his squad returned to their homeland to celebrate winning the World Cup for the first time since 1986.

Fans lined the streets as they looked to get a glimpse of their heroes however there was a close call as several of the players were forced to duck under an overhead power cable at the last second.

Lionel Messi, Leandro Paredes, Angel Di Maria and Rodrigo de Paul can all be seen dropping to the floor in video footage in a near escape for the world champions.

Paredes was perched on the edge of the bus but was able to keep his balance despite being forced to react quickly. Although he himself wasn’t knocked off, his hat wasn’t so fortunate.

One Argentinian journalist commentating on the event said: “Paredes has just lost his cap. What a moment. Be careful boys.”

Messi, who was holding the World Cup trophy, saw the funny side and laughed off what could have been a potentially dangerous experience.

The players will stay at the AFA headquarters after landing back in their homeland at 3am on Tuesday before boarding the bus to take them to the Obelisk, the iconic Buenos Aires landmark where thousands celebrated Argentina’s penalty shootout win against France.

President Alberto Fernández has also declared Tuesday as a national holiday for the country, allowing everyone to celebrate altogether.

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