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World champions Argentina returned home to a rapturous reception following their victory over France in Qatar on Sunday.

Fans lined the streets during the middle of the night in Buenos Aires to catch a glimpse of Lionel Messi and Co with the World Cup trophy.

Here, the PA news agency takes a look at the scenes which greeted them.

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Star player Lionel Messi and coach Lionel Scaloni stepped off the plane first (Gustavo Garello/AP)

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Messi was all smiles (Gustavo Carello/AP)

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A dummy of the World Cup trophy hung at the entrance of Argentina’s training base (Rodrigo Abd/AP)

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Penalty shoot-out hero Emiliano Martinez waved to the fans (Gustavo Garello/AP)

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Scaloni saluted the crowd (Matilde Campodonico/AP)

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Fans lined the streets as the team paraded with the trophy (Rodrigo Abd/AP)

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Goalscorer in the final, Angel Di Maria, showed the trophy to the supporters (Rodrigo Abd/AP)

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Messi, Di Maria and Nicolas Otamendi enjoyed the welcome (Rodrigo Abd/AP)

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Celebrations continued long into the night (Rodrigo Abd/AP)

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Argentina savoured the moment (Matilde Campodonico/AP)

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Police escorted the bus through thousands of fans (Rodrigo Abd/AP)