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Messi Evacuated by Helicopter After Crowds Swarm World Cup Winners

  • An estimated 4 million people flooded streets of Buenos Aires
  • Players avoiding mixing politics and sports after historic win
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Watch: Lionel Messi and his teammates had to fly over Buenos Aires by helicopter.Source: Bloomberg
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Millions of people took to the streets of Buenos Aires Tuesday to celebrate Argentina’s World Cup title, disrupting a planned parade route and forcing Lionel Messi and his teammates to abandon an open-top bus to instead fly over the city in helicopters.

The football-crazed country has been overwhelmed with jubilant celebrations since Sunday when Argentina beat France for its third World Cup title, and first in 36 years. After crowds swarmed the team bus upon arrival at 3 a.m. at the airport, the planned trip through the city at midday was interrupted with at least 4 million people in the streets, according to Clarin.