The 40-year-old former Argentina international will retire from the game at the end of the season.
Zanetti is considered one of the greatest players ever and has featured both in defence and in midfield with equal aplomb throughout his career.
The veteran started his career with Talleres RE before moving to Banfield, and joined Italian giants Inter Milan in 1995. Zanetti has since been with the Nerazzurri and will quit the game at the ripe old age of 40 after this weekend’s game against Chievo away from home in Serie A.
An evergreen player, Zanetti has been one of the most consistent footballers ever seen and until last season when he fell injured, he was a regular starter for Inter. This is his 19th season with Inter during time which he has won 16 trophies, including five Serie A titles and one Champions League. The defender is also Argentina’s most capped player with 145 appearances for his nation.
Henry, himself a footballing legend with Premier League, Champions League, La Liga, World Cup and European Championship titles to his name, has now paid tribute to Inter’s most capped player just after opening his official Twitter account on Monday.
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What a career Javier Zanetti has had. #truelegend— Thierry Henry (@ThierryHenry) May 12, 2014
Zanetti will remain at Inter as part of the club’s management and will continue to be an important figure in their unit. As for Henry, the former Arsenal and Barcelona striker still seems to be going strong on the pitch for MLS club New York Red Bulls.
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