Inter president announced that the number 4 shirt, which was worn by Javier Zanetti for during his 19 year career at Inter, will be retired officially at the charity match that is scheduled at San Siro on May the 4th.
Javier Zanetti moved to Inter in 1995 from Argentinian side Banfield, and amassed a record of 858 appearances for La Beneamata, and scored 21 goals in the process.
In 1999 there was much speculation about Javier Zanetti's future at Inter, as he was constantly linked with a move to Real Madrid back then, but Zanetti optioned to stay at Giuseppe Meazza and was named as captain of Inter, following the retirement of Nerazzurri legendary defender Giussepe Bergomi.
15 of the total 16 trophies that Zanetti won at Inter, were at the time when he captained them.
Zanetti was known under the nickname of El Tractor, because of his ability to run tirelessly through out the whole game, even when he was in the late '30s. He was the perfect example to all of his teammates and younger players, due to his work ethic, consistency and fitness regime that helped him prolong his career and maintain his performances on high level.
The 41-year-old Argentinian, who is now a vice-president at Inter, was also known for his versatility during his playing days, as he was able to play in various positions on the pitch. He played mostly as a right or left back and was a superb reader of the game, but he was also used equally in midfield, where he often showed his incredible tactical intelligence and distribution skills.
Zanetti played more 1000 competitive matches in his career, when counting in the matches he played for Banfield and Argentina's national team.
His most notable success in Inter was undoubtedly, when they achieved to win the treble in 2010, as Inter were conquered the Champions League trophy for the first time after 45 years of drought.
Zanetti also won 5 Serie A titles, 4 Coppa Italia trophies, as well as the UEFA Cup in 1998.