Javier Zanetti: A Tribute To An Inter Milan Legend

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Javier Zanetti: A Tribute To An Inter Milan Legend
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When Javier Zanetti scored against Tottenham Hotspur in Wednesday night’s Champions League game, he created another record. It's fair to say that the great man has plenty of records already attached to his name, but he became the oldest player to score in the Champions League at age 37.

Javier Zanetti’s love for Inter is incomparable. During the late 90s and early 00s, rumors circulated that Real Madrid were interested in signing the defensive ace. At that time, a move to Real would have represented an easy opportunity for Zanetti to add to his trophy cabinet, given the struggles Inter were in. However, Zanetti refused and stayed to fight for Inter’s cause.

After year’s of struggle, watching Il Capitano lift the Champions League trophy last season would surely have brought a tear to every Inter fan.

Having taken over the Captain’s arm-band in 1999, he is the perfect ambassador for the club both on and off the field. Few people, if any would ever have anything bad to say about him and that includes Juventus and Milan fans and players. That is probably the best tribute to a gentleman like him. Zanetti has also managed to maintain exemplary levels of fitness throughout his career. He almost never misses a game in the whole season.

All in all, he is simply Mr. Inter.

Following are some of the most memorable moments of Zanetti in an Inter shirt.

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