Zanetti confirms retirement at end of season
Zanetti confirms retirement at end of season

Inter Milan and Argentina fullback Javier Zanetti confirmed today he will retire at the end of the season after making more than 800 appearances during 19 seasons with the Serie A club.

"I felt that the moment had arrived," Zanetti, who turns 41 in August and is widely upheld as a model professional, told Buenos Aires newspaper La Nacion in an interview.

"Football has given me a lot and I've enjoyed it all."

Zanetti, who won 145 caps for his country despite being controversially left out of the 2006 and 2010 World Cup squads, suffered a ruptured Achilles tendon last April, the first serious injury of his career. He bounced back to make 10 Serie A appearances this season. Inter fans were furious on Sunday when coach Walter Mazzarri kept him on the substitutes bench throughout the 1-0 defeat by AC Milan, denying him an appearance in what many anticipated would be his final derby.

"After the injury, I wanted to show that I could come back and be competitive again. I feel that I'm a complete person who has achieved what he set out to do," said Zanetti.

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