Inter Milan legend Javier Zanetti has officially had his famous No. 4 shirt retired by the club he served for 20 years. The club's president, Erick Thohir, formally announced the news in a video tribute which honored Il Capitano yesterday.
To say that Zanetti enjoyed an illustrious career with the Nerazzurri would be a huge understatement. The versatile Argentine international made 858 appearances (first in all-time Inter appearances) for Inter between 1995 and 2014, and served as the squad's primary captain from 1999 until his retirement. As of the 2011-12 season, Zanetti was the only non-Italian player to captain a Serie A team. He also holds the record for the highest all-time appearances by a non-Italian born player for an Italian club
As a winger/fullback, he scored 21 goals for Inter Milan; And in the hardware department, Zanetti led the side to 16 trophies (15 while he was captain) – including five Scudetti and four Coppa Italia championships.
Perhaps one of Zanetti's greatest landmarks was captaining his side to the legendary Inter Treble in 2010. Inter's victory over Bayern Munich in the 2010 UEFA Champions League Final on May 22, 2010, was Zanetti's 700th appearance for Inter, and the team's victory on the night made him the only captain to win a treble with an Italian club.
Since his retirement as a player, Zanetti has pledged the rest of his professional football career to the Italian club he loves so dearly. Zanetti currently serves as Inter Milan's Vice President, and has expressed his desire to work with Inter Milan on the business end of things for as long as possible.