Javier Zanetti


“Legendary figure”




Zanetti grew up playing football in Argentina, then joined Italian team Inter, proudly representing his team’s colours as their captain from 2001 to 2014. Today, he is still the most successful player the club has ever seen, having earned 16 trophies, including 5 championships, 4 Italian Cups, a UEFA Cup and a Champions League.


In honour of his homeland, he created the PUPI Foundation, together with his wife Paula, to support disadvantaged families and children in Buenos Aires and the surrounding area.


Chosen by Pelé to be included in the FIFA 100, he won his first final in the America’s Cup with the Argentinian national team: with 145 matches played, he became the player with the third most appearances on the field in the history of the Argentinian national team.


After being awarded numerous honours, such as the Golden Foot, the Ambrogino d’Oro and the Scirea Award, as well as being the first defender to be included in Inter’s Hall of Fame, he was appointed vice president of Inter, celebrating his first national championship as manager in 2021 and, in 2023, his second ‘Coppa Italia’ in a row.