Lionel Messi returns to boyhood town in wild scenes as fans give him hero’s welcome after World Cup final win

    LIONEL MESSI was given a hero’s welcome as he went back to his boyhood town after his World Cup win.

    The 35-year-old fired Argentina to glory in Qatar and finally managed to get his hands on the trophy he so wanted.

    Lionel Messi went back to his home town of Rosario

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    Lionel Messi went back to his home town of RosarioCredit: [email protected]
    Messi was driven through the crowds by wife Antonela Roccuzzo

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    Messi was driven through the crowds by wife Antonela RoccuzzoCredit: [email protected]
    Messi was greeted by hundreds of fans on his doorstep

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    Messi was greeted by hundreds of fans on his doorstepCredit: [email protected]
    The crazy scenes cap another day of celebrations in Argentina

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    The crazy scenes cap another day of celebrations in ArgentinaCredit: [email protected]
    Lionel Messi scored seven goals in this year's World Cup

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    Lionel Messi scored seven goals in this year’s World CupCredit: Reuters

    Following the dramatic final victory over France, the Argentina squad flew back to Buenos Aires to celebrate.

    While in his homeland, Messi decided to visit his home in nearby city Rosario.

    The World Cup hero arrived in a car driven by his wife Antonela Roccuzzo.

    Hundreds of fans surrounded the car, with many essentially on his doorstep trying to get a glimpse and a photo of the legend as he pulled into his garage.

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    Security walked alongside the vehicle preventing any fans blocking his entrance.

    Messi could be seen in the passenger seat of the Audi, sitting there smiling at the supporters that were chanting “champion” at him.

    The wild scenes continue in Argentina after their World Cup success.

    Yesterday, Messi and Co went on a bus parade around the capital city.

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    Thousands gathered around the Obelisk monument in Buenos Aires lining the bus route hoping to see the nation’s new legends.

    Fans were seen climbing onto street lights, bridges, cars and tall buildings hoping to get a better view of the mass party.

    The player’s time on the open-top bus was cut short due to there being too many people on the streets for them to drive through.

    They were then taken by helicopter above the city as it circled low so all could see.

    And they could do it all again in 2026 with Messi planing to not retire from international duty after all.

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