Argentina’s World Cup victory parade was halted on Tuesday in Buenos Aires due to massive crowds.
Millions of people, many of whom were hoping to see Lionel Messi and the World Cup trophy, had reportedly flocked to the streets to welcome their World Cup heroes home.
Nevertheless, after a national holiday was declared two days after the victory over France in the final in Qatar, the sheer number of fans in attendance led to dangerous situations.
As the Argentina bus traveled along the predetermined route, footage posted on social media showed members of the general public attempting to board the vehicle.
After a protracted break in the action, attempts to continue were ultimately abandoned in favor of a helicopter tour.
Argentina’s presidential spokeswoman, Gabriela Cerruti, wrote on Twitter: “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.
“Let’s continue to celebrate in peace and show them our love and admiration!”
Chiqui Tapia, president of the AFA, had already declared that the team would be unable to get to the famous Obelisco.
“They don’t let us get to greet all the people who were at the Obelisco,” Tapia wrote. “The same security agencies that escorted us don’t allow us to move forward.
“A thousand apologies on behalf of all the champion players. A pity.”