In his younger days, he had everything it takes to become an accomplished full back. Electric speed, a strong and balanced body inspite of his slender frame, and enormous lung capacity to keep running for 90 minutes or even 120 minutes, twice a week. Knowing such characteristics, you would imagine a bullish fullback that relishes the slugfest with attackers. But those are wrong. He always aims for clean challenges and when he must do a sliding tackle, he does it cleanly too. Ask any player who chased the 50-50 ball thrown at them with him around. The ball wasn’t lost because of a dirty trick or a nasty tackle. It was lost to a 175 cm player whose running was enough to fend off much heavier players while cleanly stealing the ball off them. Statistics prove that, for until now he has only received 2 red cards.
And his attacking ability was something any attackers are jealous of. His mazy runs struck fear into any defence, once he even skipped the challenge of the legendary Baresi and Maldini duet. Time flies, years go by, he doesn’t have that pace anymore, but he compensates that loss with his legendary versatility. Throughout his career, he has played all the positions from the defence to the midfield. While centerback isn’t his habitat, he does the rest of the roles with excellence. And don’t forget his famous consistency. He is so consistent for 90 minutes twice a week, every week, and you would still hear that “he never has a bad game”.
By now you must already know who the player is. Yes he is Javier Adelmar Zanetti, leader of Argentina and the captain of Internazionale. Husband of Paula, and the father of Sol. He will neither ever take revenge on anyone nor does anyone hold grudge against him in this world or next. He is a great player, a very great player, but sadly only a few name him in the same breath like Maldini, Roberto Carlos, Cafu, etc. Why is he so underrated and under-estimated? This is because of his lack of trophies and achievement in his football career, and it is partly because of all the misfortunes and mistakes he has made in his life, but mostly due to his undying loyalty to his club and their fans.... continued at Captain Forever