Javier ZANETTI : The True Captain

Javier ZANETTI played most of his career for the Italian Serie A club Internazionale, from 1995 to 2014, and served as their captain from 1999, earning him the nickname "Il Capitano" (The Captain). On retiring, the club retired his number 4 jersey and named him as Vice President. Zanetti won honours including five Serie A and four Coppa Italia titles with Inter.The 2010 UEFA Champions League Final on 22 May 2010 was Zanetti's 700th game with Inter, and the team's victory on the night made him the only captain to win a treble with an Italian club. Internationally, he holds the record of the most capped player in the history of the Argentine national team. He holds the record for the highest all-time appearances by a non-Italian born player for an Italian club and his 858 official matches for the club put him first in Inter's all-time appearances list. He holds the most appearances for an outfield-player in football history, with 1123 matches played. Only Rogério Ceni (1200) and Peter Shilton (1362) have played more matches.

But despite the numbers Javier ZANETTI was a true Captain. The proof is from 2009 when Balotelli during a game for Inter Milan tried to "steal" a penalty from Samuel Eto'o - when Zanetti ran over, grabbed the Italy man's hand and led him away from the penalty spot allowing Samuel Eto'o to convert. Captain and Gentleman 


And now all the official Panini Stickers of Javier ZANETTI's Career :

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