February 3, 2023

Lionel Messi ‘may be avoiding any public appearance’ over Christmas as he hides out at his home in Rosario with fans outside… with rumors of a World Cup victory celebration in the Argentine star’s home city.

Lionel Messi ‘might be avoiding any more public appearances’ over Christmas as Argentina celebrate their World Cup victory, with the star tucked away at his home in Rosario.

The victorious players returned home early in the week after Sunday’s dramatic victory over France to be greeted by cheering crowds in Buenos Aires.

Indeed, the boisterous nature of the celebrations was such that a parade of open-top buses had to be abandoned after fans jumped onto them from bridges.

Lionel Messi and his wife returned to their home in Funes, near Rosario, after Argentina's World Cup victory, to be greeted by hundreds of jubilant fans outside

Lionel Messi and his wife returned to their home in Funes, near Rosario, after Argentina’s World Cup victory, to be greeted by hundreds of jubilant fans outside

Plans for a local party with Messi in Rosario appear to have been quashed

Plans for a local party with Messi in Rosario appear to have been quashed

Messi and Angel Di Maria both returned to their homes near Rosario by helicopter with the Paris Saint-Germain star and were then harassed by fans when he returned to his home by car.

But according to Clarin, that could be the last time the public will see Messi during the festive period, with rumors of a local victory celebration in Rosario on Thursday.

The mayor of the city had offered a central location as the venue for the celebration event for Messi, Di Maria and Angel Correa, who is also from Rosario.

However, Clarin said growing rumors that it would happen were quickly quashed.

It comes after Messi boarded a helicopter to head back home after Argentina's bus parade

It comes after Messi boarded a helicopter to head back home after Argentina’s bus parade

Four million fans greeted Messi and his teammates in Buenos Aires earlier in the day

Four million fans greeted Messi and his teammates in Buenos Aires earlier in the day

Messi was born in Rosario and it is also the city where he started his football career

Messi was born in Rosario and it is also the city where he started his football career

Messi is expected to spend Christmas with family and friends at his home in Funes, about 15km west of Rosario, before returning to PSG.

The French league-leader will return to action against Strasbourg on December 28, but it remains unclear whether Messi will be back in time.

Reports suggested he spent part of his time at home on Wednesday with Gabriel Heinze, the former Argentina and Manchester United defender who is now the manager of Newell’s Old Boys.

Messi took part in Argentina's festive parade in Buenos Aires.  He was seen singing and dancing with his teammates while holding up the World Cup trophy

Argentina’s open-top bus parade had to be demolished because the government intervened over safety concerns

Players were evacuated in helicopters after it became apparent that their bus journey had been halted

Players were evacuated in helicopters after it became apparent that their bus journey had been halted

More than four million people came to Buenos Aires to celebrate their World Cup heroes

More than four million people came to Buenos Aires to celebrate their World Cup heroes

Messi tried to record the millions of fans celebrating by answering his phone

Messi tried to record the millions of fans celebrating by answering his phone

Video footage showed Messi’s car being swarmed by adoring fans as he returned home with his wife Antonella Roccuzzo from the deserted victory parade in the capital Buenos Aires.

Upon his arrival, Messi was greeted by hundreds of cheering fans who chanted “Dale Campeon,” which translates to “Let’s go champion.”

The cheering fans had been pushed in two directions by security to clear space for his wife to drive the car through the center and into a building.

Argentina received a hero's reception after coming home from Qatar as world champions

Argentina received a hero’s reception after coming home from Qatar as world champions

Argentina's players celebrated in an open-top bus after landing at Buenos Aires airport

Argentina’s players celebrated in an open-top bus after landing at Buenos Aires airport

The stars of Messi and Argentina returned as heroes when they landed at Ezeiza International Airport

The stars of Messi and Argentina returned as heroes when they landed at Ezeiza International Airport

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