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Argentina’s soccer team received a warm welcome back home when they arrived in Buenos Aires after winning their third FIFA World Cup title in Qatar, defeating France in the final. Lionel Messi and his men were greeted by millions of fans as they climbed atop the bus with the World Cup trophy in hand. But an unfortunate incident nearly knocked Rodrigo de Paul, Nicolas Otamendi, Lionel Messi, Leandro Paredes and Angel Di Maria off the top of the bus when they came across a thick wire. The Argentine stars managed to dodge in time to avoid what could have been a horrific crash.

Paredes was sitting right on the edge of the top deck of the bus, but managed to keep his balance despite seeing a thick power cable leaping towards him. Although he managed to jump, Paris Saint-Germain lost his hat from the cable.

Messi, who was playing the World Cup sitting in the middle of the group, could later be seen laughing at the incident. Speaking about the incident, the Argentinian journalist said. “Paredes just lost his hat, what a moment, be careful guys.”

Earlier, Messi was the first to leave the team’s plan. He and his teammates were welcomed back by the rock band La Mosca, who sang “Muchachos,” a fan-penned song to the tune of the band’s old song.

The team began a tour of the center of Buenos Aires, where millions of people are expected to take to the streets when it is a public holiday.

Messi, who scored twice in the final, was the first player to leave the plane, holding the World Cup aloft, with coach Lionel Scaloni right behind him.

Striker Julian Alvarez, a revelation with his four goals in Qatar, was one of the next players to appear in the squad alongside man Lautaro Martinez, who was carrying a drum.

With inputs from AFP

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