It is well documented and widely known that Paolo Maldini was the heart and soul of AC Milan. But arch rivals Internazionale (Inter Milan) however, have always been known as a team full of Argentines then Italians.
That being said, some of the most iconic Argentines have graced the famous blue and black shirt with a great deal of pride including: Walter Samuel, Esteban Cambiasso and Diego Milito. But the most inspirational by far has got to be the current Inter captain: Javier Zanetti.
I was quite relived to hear that Inter did an honorable thing and extended Zanetti’s contract for another year. The defender would be turning the big 4-0 in August and despite still being out injured, it was a relief to see the team he has called home for the past 18 years honour him that way.
Although he was born in Argentina, I always expected to see Zanetti show up in Italy’s national team during World Cup’s and Euro’s. He just had that good looking Italian hunk look. Then again I had the same feeling with Ryan Giggs being English and playing for England only to find out a few months later he was actually from Wales.
Like many of you, I thought he would choose to retire after the horrific injury he suffered in April.
It is heartening to see he decided to make a recovery instead and try his best to return to action with the Inter Milan team he has led to 5 Serie A titles, 4 Coppa Italia’s and a Champions League trophy in 2010.