Cardiff (UK): Welsh star Gareth Bale and his teammates paraded through the streets of Cardiff packed with an estimated 200,000 fans raucously cheering them on Friday as they returned from their Euro 2016 heroics.
Wales' team members are paraded on an open-top bus on arrival in Cardiff on Friday. Pic/Getty Images
However, the squad were taken aback at the massive turnout which saw their bus top parade take far longer than expected from Cardiff Castle to Cardiff City Stadium.
The bus was emblazoned with the phrase "Diolch (Thank you). Together We Are Stronger." The Welsh squad — who had already been feted for reaching the Principality's first major finals since the 1958 World Cup — had earlier landed at the Cardiff Bale Airport, named in the Real Madrid forward's honour for the day.
The stadium was packed to the brim with 30,000 fans, who also had the bonus of Welsh band Manic Street Preachers, who wrote and sang the official Wales Euro 2016 anthem.
Wales will become the top-ranked home nation on the back of their success at the Euros. They are seemingly set to climb into the top six less than five years after being down in 117th position.