Buenos Aires: A crestfallen Lionel Messi kept a low profile as thousands of people greeted the Argentina squad on their return home on Monday, just hours after their World Cup final defeat to Germany.
Television networks carried live coverage of the Aerolineas Argentinas plane -- painted in the blue-and-white colors of the flag with the words "Thank you Argentina" -- as it touched down in Buenos Aires, where about 500 fans braved the cold to meet the flight from Rio de Janeiro. (Argentina receive heroes' welcome at home)
Thousands more fans lined the team's route from the airport, waving sky blue and white flags and swarming the convoy of three buses, which moved at a snail's pace through the crowds. (Argentina press lauds 'heart of champions')