Javier Zanetti was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1973. He started his football career with local club Talleres de Remedios de Escalada in 1988 and two years later joined the Serie A side Banfield. He quickly established himself as one of the best young players in Argentina and was signed by Inter Milan in 1995 where he would go on to become a club legend.
Zanetti was often deployed as a defensive midfielder but also had spells at right-back and centre back. He was an ever-present in the Inter side over a 19-year spell, making a total of 858 appearances and captaining the side after the departure of Roy Hodgson in 1998.
He was known for his leadership qualities, tactical knowledge and versatility which made him one of the greatest players to have ever graced the Serie A. In his time with Inter, he won 5 Serie A titles, 4 Coppa Italia’s, 4 Supercoppa Italianas and the Champions League in 2010. He also holds the record for most appearances in Serie A with 615 and most appearances for an Italian club with 858.
He celebrated his 500th game for Inter during the 2009/2010 season and was awarded a special gold badge by Italian Footballers Association president Gianni Petrucci for his services to Italian football.
In addition to this, he was also named one of UEFA’s 11 best players in 2008. Javier Zanetti‘s long-standing commitment to Inter Milan and his immense contributions on the field of play have secured him a place amongst the legends of Serie A.
He has earned a reputation as one of Serie A’s greatest ever players and is remembered fondly by fans around the world.