Javier Zanetti was born on 10 August 1973 in Dock Sud, Avellaneda,Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Father's name: Rodolfo
Mother's name: Violeta Bonnazola
Spouse: Paula De la Fuente
Children: Sol/ Ignacio/ Tomas
Pupi/ Il Capitano
Height: 5' 10" (1.78 m)
He was born in Buenos Aires to working-class parents and grew up in the harbour area in the Dock Sud district. He started playing as all children do in the house, smashing lamps and ornaments, to the despair of his mother who tried every way to stop him, without success. He was infected by his brother Sergio: he was already a small prodigy and with the ball between his feet he did wonders for one of his age. He said: “I saw my parents scramble to provide all the basic necessities for a decent life. We were never rich, but we never missed anything. My father got up every day at fivein the morning to go to work on construction sites.”When he was twelve years old he began to help his father. Little jobs: mixing the lime, lending a hand to carry bricks, making touch-ups here and there. He said: “ I liked my father's work, I especially liked the idea of doing something practical and useful. Building homes, when it is not just an affectation, also means a future for many people. “When he was a teenager, he tried out for local giants Independiente's youth academy but was ultimately rejected and told that he lacked the physique to succeed in the game. Instead, he concentrated on school and worked as an assistant to his father.
On the club level, Zanetti has played for Talleres (1991-1993). In the summer of 1993 he received various offers. Many clubs were interested in him, including Banfield, one of the teams most supported teams in the district of Lomas de Zamora, another southern area of Buenos Aires. At the moment they acquired him, something rather strange occurred: to pay the price of his card, equal to 160,000 dollars, 10 members got together. Everyone contributed a share, and so, within a few days, he found himself in the top flight of Argentina, ready to go with all his passion in true football, that for long years he could only dream of. Javier says: “Of course, I would not wear the shirt of Independiente or that of another historical club, but already wearing the shirt of the 'humble' Banfield (a team that will always have a place in my heart) was an immense joy, especially recalling the tribulations that had passed.” A 20-year-old Zanetti debuted for Banfield on 12 September 1993 in a home match against River Plate. He scored his first goal 17 days later against Newell's Old Boys in a match that ended 1–1.
In 1995 Javier Zanetti signed the last transfer deal in his career and joined Italian Serie A Internazionale Milano. The Nerazzurri extended and improved the conditions of the contract with the Argentinean defender numerous times. Zanetti is a legend of Inter, with 15 years of dedicated performance for the club. Zanetti scored his first goal at Inter, against Cremonese at the San Siro on December 3 1995. He said: “I am proud and take pride in wearing the captain's armband of Inter, especially knowing that the armband was worn for years by a person like Giacinto. The greatest satisfaction is to be considered his heir. There is no higher compliment that can be made to me. Being Facchetti's heir does not only mean asserting oneself in the field, it means leaving a mark outside as well, showing that the career of a playeris not only measured by cups and championships, but above all fairness, courage, charisma.” As a part of the squad for 19 seasons and with 858 appearances across all competitions, he is currently the team's longest-tenured player, and the first overall – surpassing Giuseppe Bergomi (758) – in the all-time list of Inter players by most games played. He is awarded as one of the Most Crapped Footballer in the history of National Team of Argentine. After the arrival of Maicon at the beginning of the 2006–07 season, Zanetti was moved from the right back position into midfield. He ended a four-year goal drought when he scored on 5 November 2006at a home match against Ascoli, having previously scored on 6 November 2002 at an away match against Empoli. On 27 September 2006, against Bayern Munich, Zanetti played his 500th professional match for Inter and on 22 November 2006, he appeared in his 100th UEFA match against Sporting Clube de Portugal. Zanetti has won five Serie A titles with Inter, having earned the nickname "Il Capitano" (The Captain) among the fans and media since taking captaincy at Inter. Zanetti was named by Pelé as one of the top 125 greatest living footballers in March 2004. As captain, he was well-respected by both fans and the opposition for his calm demeanor and conduct; in his entire 22-year career, he only received two red cards.As of the 2011-12 season, he is the only non-Italian player to captain a Serie A team. He holds the record for the highest all-time appearances by a non-Italian born player for an Italian club and his 757 official matches for the club put him first in Inter's all-time appearances list.He also scored on 20 October 2010 against Tottenham Hotspur to make him the oldest player to score in the UEFA Champions League at the age of 37 years and 71 days. This record has since been surpassed by Filippo Inzaghi and Ryan Giggs. He is also noted for his charity work, running a foundation to benefit disadvantaged children in Argentina. He has been named an ambassador for the SOS Children's Villages project in Argentina by FIFA, and in 2005, he received the Ambrogino d'Oro award from the Milan town hall for his social initiative. Zanetti is also a Global Ambassador for Special Olympics.s
Javier is a former footballer. Known for his versatility, he is adept on both the left and right wing, having played on both flanks as a fullback as well as a winger. Zanetti earned the nickname El Tractor for his stamina and tireless runs up and down the wings to aid both attack and defence. Javier’s professional career started in 1991, after he had been signed by Talleres. Zanetti signed for Talleres de Remedios de Escalada, then a second division team. With them, he played 33 matches and scored one goal in his only season, before moving in 1993 to the First Division club Banfield.His outstanding performances for Banfield gained popularity from El Taladro fans and also earned him a call-up from the national team. First division giants River Plate and Boca Juniors displayed interest but Zanetti decided to stay on for another year at the club. In 1995 he played for Club Inter. On August 27 1995, he debuted in an Inter shirt in an official match. The opponent was Vicenza and it took place at the legendary Giuseppe Meazza in San Siro, a stadium. The debut went well: 1-0 with the goal by Roberto Carlos, who was also in his debut just like him. He scored his first goal at Inter, against Cremonese at the San Siro on December 3 1995. A goal, among other things, was aesthetically valuable and that he always remember with great pleasure (I’m nota striker and those few goals that I’ve scored are like children to me). He can play as Full back, Defensive Midfielder and Winger. He can easily control the defensive midfielder position. He had won many matches while playing as Defending Midfielder. Throughout his stay with the club, he won 16 trophies, 15 of which came under his captaincy : the UEFA Cup in 1998, the 2005, 2006, 2010 and 2011 Coppa Italia, the 2005, 2006, 2008 and 2010 Supercoppa Italiana, the 2005–06, 2006–07, 2007–08, 2008–09 and 2009–10 Scudetti and the 2009–10 UEFA Champions League. The 2010 UEFA Champions League Final on 22 May 2010 was Zanetti's 700th game with Inter, and the team's victory on the night ensured that Zanetti marked the occasion by completing a historic treble. On 29 April 2014, Inter's president Erick Thohir announced that Zanetti would retire at the end of the 2013–14 season, and become a club director. Zanetti's last competitive match at the San Siro was a 4–1 victory over Lazio on 10 May 2014. He came on as a substitute for Jonathan in the 52nd minute and wore a special armband featuring the names of every player he had played with during his career at Inter. He retired after the last game of the season, which he started as centre-back in a 2–1 away defeat to Chievo on 18 May. He also played in Argentina U23 (1996) and Argentina (1994-2011).
Captain And A Gentleman
After dinner he likes to play games with his friends and maybe end up singing karaoke. He enjoys music very much, even if all his free time has been dedicated to helping poor children in Argentina. He loves romantic music, pop, folk, rock, Cumbia (a genre from his country), tango, Argentinean rock, and, above all, the band Los Piojos and the singer Charly. Javier likes to listen to so much music and really likes to sing but he does not play any instrument well, although he has many drums and will tap a beat on anything he can find.
Oh my beautiful Madonna, you shine from far away, gold and small, you guard the whole city of Milan.
I must admit that [what] I feel at this moment is especially a thrill for all of us Argentines. [I] do not know him personally, but it is a Pope who has lived in Buenos Aires, very humble and always always close to our people. Faith is so important in the world and us we are all close. I had the good fortune to meet Pope Ratzinger and now I expect to have the 'opportunity to meet the new national pope, it would be a great thrill for me and my whole family. [I] wish him all the best and again, for all of us as people of Argentina [it] is a great feeling.
When I look back to my childhood, many concrete scenes come to my mind, good ones and bad ones. I had a difficult childhood, and even though I don't live in my country at present, I'm well aware of what's going on there and the devastating effect it's having on our poorest children. I've always believed that our public actions need to take account of our social responsibility.
There must always be values at the heart of sport, and this is what we have to teach children.