Zanetti: ‘Captaincy at Inter a great responsibility’

by | Oct 14, 2021 12:57

Former Inter full-back Javier Zanetti spoke about the ‘great responsibility’ of being the captain of a team including players like Roberto Baggio, Ronaldo and Samuel Eto’o.

The Argentine is a club symbol and became an Inter legend during his playing years, but has continued to work for the club after retiring as a player.

He spoke about the responsibility he carried as a captain for the club and then, of course, the incredible Treble season in 2009-10.

“Being a captain is a great responsibility, first of all because I started doing it as a young player,” Zanetti told Sorare. “Then I was the captain of great players like [Roberto] Baggio, Ronaldo, [Samuel] Eto’o, [Zlatan] Ibrahimovic.

“A captain is not the one who shouts the most, but he is the one who makes the difference by example.”

The Vice-President spoke about the Treble under Jose Mourinho and explained it was ‘an intense and special’ season for the Nerazzurri, highlighting the ‘complicated’ games against Chelsea and Barcelona.

“It was an intense, special year,” he said. “Each of us felt we were facing a great opportunity. Jose was able to build a group of great players, with great personalities.

“In the last two months we had two decisive games. The one against Chelsea was complicated, then against Barcelona it was an early Final.

“Finally, we arrived in the real Final, at the Bernabeu, with everything that stadium represents. As captain, I had the privilege of lifting the Cup and bringing it back to Milan.

“It will always remain in the history of the club and football: for me it was like making a dream come true.”

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