Argentina World Cup parade abandoned amid chaotic scenes as fan filmed jumping on bus and Lionel Messi and co complete celebration from helicopters

    Argentina’s open top bus parade through the streets of Buenos Aires had to be abandoned part way through to protect the safety of the millions in attendance.

    Millions lined the street to welcome Lionel Messi and the rest of the squad back from their triumphant World Cup victory in Qatar.

    Many came out to welcome their heroes back but the parade was cut short

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    Many came out to welcome their heroes back but the parade was cut short

    Messi and co proudly showed off the World Cup trophy

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    Messi and co proudly showed off the World Cup trophy

    However, the planned 50 mile parade was cut short due to safety concerns, with one fan videoed lowering himself onto the bus from an overpass.

    One clip appeared to show a fan landing among the passengers, with a second attempting to follow suit only to fall backwards off the back of the bus and into the crowd.

    The players then boarded helicopters and completed their parade from their air.

    One clip appeared to show a fan landing among the passengers, with a second attempting to follow suit only to fall backwards off the back of the bus and into the crowd.

    A statement from AFA president Claudio Tapia indicated that the squad were upset not to continue their journey as intended, rather than spooked by events on the route.

    “They do not let us arrive to greet all the people who were in the Obelisk, the same security agencies that escorted us do not allow us to move forward,” said Tapia.

    The parade started off in good spirits

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    The parade started off in good spirits

    There was plenty of booze in supply

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    There was plenty of booze in supply

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

    Benfica midfielder Enzo Fernandez, who had earlier posted shots on Instagram of massed ranks of fans partying as the bus passed through, later added a selfie that showed him with a broad smile riding in the back of the helicopter.

    Gabriela Cerruti, a spokesperson for Argentinian president Alberto Fernandez, tweeted about the team taking to the skies and requested for calm amid the party atmosphere.

    Fans showed their appreciation for talisman Messi

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    Fans showed their appreciation for talisman Messi

    And former talisman Diego Maradona

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    And former talisman Diego Maradona

    Argentina fans came out in their masses

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    Argentina fans came out in their masses

    “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,” she wrote.

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

    Argentina newspaper La Nacion reported that one man sadly died after falling through a roof amid the celebrations.

    Fernandez shared a picture from one of the helicopters

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    Fernandez shared a picture from one of the helicopters

    Riot police were out in force on the streets of Buenos Aires

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    Riot police were out in force on the streets of Buenos Aires

    The report also added that a five-year-old child was struck by a piece of marble that fell from a monument and is now in a coma.

    The celebrations briefly turned ugly following the abandonment of the parade with images showing fans clashing with police.

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