Lionel Messi and teammates narrowly avoid overhead cable during World Cup celebration atop open bus

Lionel Messi and teammates narrowly avoid overhead cable during World Cup celebration atop open bus
Messi and his boys escaped a thick cable wire as they greeted fans atop an open bus (ESPN Argentina/Twitter)

BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA: Lionel Messi and teammates had a narrow escape when they managed to avoid an overhead cable atop a bus during their World Cup celebration in Argentina's capital city. The world champions returned to Buenos Aires on Tuesday, December 20, from Qatar after winning FIFA World Cup 2022 and were seen in the live footage barely managing in time to duck. Captain Messi, along with his teammates, was acknowledging and greeting fans as the players made their way through the streets. The bus was so close to a cable that nearly stuck the footballers.

The clip was shared by ESPN Argentina on Twitter and captioned what loosely meant in English, "BE CAREFUL WITH THE CABLES BOYS! Unusual moment in the arrival of the world champions in Argentina." The outlet also pointed out that Leandro Paredes’ cap ‘flew off’ during that scary moment. In the clip, it can be seen that it was Rodrigo De Paul, who first noticed the cables and the bus getting closer to it. The player then just in time warned his teammates to duck, avoiding any possible injury.

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The nation has been celebrating since Argentina lifted the cup on Sunday, with the nation celebrating the moment from early morning on Monday, December 19. It was a brilliant match that went to extra time and later into a shootout where Argentina defeated the reigning champion France, with a 4-2 victory. Messi also delighted fans with the news that he’ll continue to serve the national side, as he did U-turn from his previous announcement where he said the FIFA World Cup 2022 will be his last one in blue-white stripes, reports People.

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"I won the Copa America and the World Cup in a short time. I love what I do, being in the national team, and I want to continue living a few more games being world champion," Messi told TyC Sports. Messi has said after the semi-final victory over Croatia, that it would be his last tournament for Argentina, "It's my last World Cup," reports The Athletic. He further told TyC Sports, "I was lucky to have achieved everything in this career ... and this one that was missing is here. It's madness."

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