Inter To Begin New Season Under Zanetti
Javier Zanetti, Club Legend turned Manager - Zanetti was today announced as the new manager of the Nerazurri as Inter Milan look to follow suit of their cross town rivals in hiring an ex-player as the man to take the reigns at their club. However, Zanetti as you will all know is no ordinary player and the Argentinian legend is looking to promote his beloved club back onto the higher European Table.
Zanetti - The Profile
Always understated, the ageless Zanetti is one of the greatest players in the history of world soccer. Zanetti is the most-capped player in Inter history, having garnered over 850 appearances for the club in all competitions.
Zanetti was purchased from Argentinian side Banfield in 1995 (as the very first purchase made by new Inter owner Massimo Moratti), and claimed the captain's armband four years later. Under his captaincy, Inter won a total of 16 trophies: the 1998 UEFA Cup (he scored in the final), five straight scudetti from 2005-08 to 2009-10, four Coppa Italia titles, four Supercoppa Italiana wins, the 2010 Champions League crown and the ensuing Club World Cup.
Never flashy or particularly vocal on the field, he lead by example during his time as a player as one of the most consistent players on the field. He is also extremely versatile. Having started his career at Inter as a right-back, he seamlessly moved into a defensive midfield role after the arrival of Maicon in 2006, Where he remained until the end of his career.
His work ethic and love for the game is legendary. Which was shown when ex-manager Andrea Stramaccioni recently joked that the Argentine had to be "locked in the training ground" to keep him off the field for a rest in Inter's meaningless final group match in the Europa League against Neftchi.
For his dedication to the club and his tireless work on it, Zanetti is undoubtedly the greatest player in the history of Inter Milan.