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The Argentinian FA has confirmed the players bus tour of Buenos Aires has been abandoned due to security concerns, with the squad instead taking helicopters along the parade route.

The World Cup-winning players were evacuated from the open-top bus as the tour was progressing after a fan jumped onto the vehicle as it drove under a bridge.

The AFA said: “The players of the Argentine soccer team ended the festivities by flying over in a helicopter over the crowd of fans who gathered in the city.

“They made that decision after verifying that they could not continue advancing by bus in the middle of the crowd.”

The AFA president Claudio Tapia lamented the way the tour ended because they were unable to greet all the fans in the way it had been organised.

“They don’t let us get to greet all the people who were at the Obelisk, the same security agencies that escorted us don’t allow us to move forward,” he said.

“A thousand apologies on behalf of all the champion players. A shame.”

The players were unable to reach the central Obelisco monument as planned because of the crowd size, estimated by local media at four million people.

“The world champions are flying over the entire route in helicopters because it became impossible to continue on land due to the explosion of popular joy,” presidential spokeswoman Gabriela Cerruti wrote on Twitter.

“Let’s continue to celebrate in peace and show them our love and admiration!”

The team had arrived in the early hours of Tuesday at Ezeiza Airport where, despite it being around 3am (6am GMT), thousands were waiting with banners, flags and flares to welcome home their heroes.

By around midday, millions had already congregated in downtown Buenos Aires, with major roads closed for the parade. People held up banners of Lionel Messi and late icon Diego Maradona, played instruments or climbed lampposts or bus stops.

The Argentine capital has been in party mode since the dramatic victory over France in Sunday’s final in Qatar, which has helped mask economic woes in the South American nation battling one of the world’s highest inflation rates.

The victory made the country world champions for the first time since Maradona lifted the trophy in 1986 and the third in total.

The government made Tuesday a national holiday to allow fans to celebrate the win.

How Argentina’s celebrations have unfolded so far…

But Lionel Messi, Angel Di Maria, Nicolas Otamendi and their teammates were soon transferred to helicopters due to security concerns
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But Lionel Messi, Angel Di Maria, Nicolas Otamendi and their teammates were soon transferred to helicopters due to security concerns

Fans even went all the way to the top of the Obelisk monument to catch a glimpse of the Argentina bus parade
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Fans even went all the way to the top of the Obelisk monument to catch a glimpse of the Argentina bus parade…

Argentina fans took up a number of vantage points for the intended bus parade through Buenos Aires...
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Argentina fans took up a number of vantage points for the intended bus parade through Buenos Aires…

The Argentina bus parade snaked slowly through the nation's capital for much of the day...
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The Argentina bus parade snaked slowly through the nation’s capital for much of the day…

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On Tuesday, an estimated four million fans packed the streets of Buenos Aires to see Argentina’s official bus parade…

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Several Argentine stars have shared footage on social media of the open top bus parade in Buenos Aires, as they celebrated winning the World Cup for the first time in 36 years…

Argentina players were met by thousands of fans as their bus travelled from the airport
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Argentina players were met by thousands of fans as their bus travelled from the airport…

Argentina players were met by thousands of fans in Buenos Aires
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Argentina players were met by thousands of fans in Buenos Aires…

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Tens of thousands of fans came out to greet the Argentina squad, despite the early hour…

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World Cup winners Argentina then touched down on home soil to a heroes’ welcome in Buenos Aires early on Tuesday morning…

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And this is how Argentina fans celebrated their World Cup win back at home…

Lionel Messi lifts the World Cup trophy after Argentina's win
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It all began on Sunday evening as Lionel Messi led Argentina to the World Cup title, beating France…

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