Showing posts with label Zanetti. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Zanetti. Show all posts

Monday, October 17, 2016

Icardi and Wanda facing the World

Icardi and Wanda facing the World cartoon
It's seemingly Wanda and Icardi vs The World as the Inter striker's biography has led to fans calling for the Argentine to be stripped of the captain's armband


Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Zanetti calls time on career

Zanetti in history cartoon
Javier Zanetti has confirmed he will call time on his 22-year career at the end of the season.

The 40-year-old will bow out at Inter having won Serie A five times, the Coppa Italia on four occasions, and the Champions League once.

"I feel that now is the right time to do it," he told La Nacion.

"Football has given me so much, and I have enjoyed every moment. Because after the achilles injury last April, I wanted to demonstrate that I could return and be competitive, but I could not.

"I feel complete and have realized that to retire at 40 is a priceless feeling. For me it is something that has immense value and now is the right time. Do I fear life after this? No, there is no fear."
Wednesday, May 7, 2014 12:00

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Birthday bunny Zanetti just keeps going

Inter legend Javier Zanetti turned 40 on Saturday, and despite suffering an Achiles injury in April that will keep him out of action for more than six months, he shows no signs of stopping.

The former Argentina right-back signed a new one-year contract in June and looks set to rampage down the wing even when others falter. Happy Birthday, Javier! 

Friday, March 8, 2013

Taxi for Inter! Bale & Spurs march on in Europe

Fans of Inter must be sick of the sight of Gareth Bale.

The Tottenham star was on target against the Serie A side again in a 3-0 win on Thursday night, almost two-and-a-half years after announcing himself on the European stage with a hat-trick at San Siro.

It was a case of 'Taxi for Maicon' during 2010-11 season, but this time the entire Inter side were powerless to stop Bale and Spurs, who put one foot firmly in the Europa League quarter-finals. 

Monday, October 3, 2011

Javier Zanetti, Mario Balotelli & Cristiano Ronaldo - Introducing football's Three Musketeers

We've put on our thinking cap to imagine which modern day players are most suited to the famous characters in the The Three Musketeers in 3D which is released on October 12th.

Ronaldo, Balotelli, Zanetti (Three Musketeers)
Omar Momani
To celebrate the release of The Three Musketeers in amazing 3D, Goal.com have dreamed up which modern players bear most resemblance to the film's heroes Athos, Porthos & Aramis. All for one and one for all!

Javier Zanetti as Athos


Fans of the Alexandre Dumas novel 'The Three Musketeers' will immediately see the similarities between Athos and the Inter stalwart. As the eldest of the musketeers Athos is well respected for his lengthy career and is a role model to his comrades. Truth be told, there isn't much this swashbuckler hasn't seen down the years.

No doubt Javier Zanetti would identify with Athos as he has just witnessed his 17th different manager arrive at San Siro. Since moving from Banfield in 1995 the Argentine has seen the Nerazzurri transformed from Calcio nearlymen to a European powerhouse.

Zanetti recently broke Giuseppe Bergomi's 756 game record for Inter appearances and at 38 remains a key figure for the Serie A club.

An Argentina international since 1994, he was suprisingly overlooked for World Cup 2010 after a stunning club season where he captained Inter to an historic treble.

Despite his advancing years Zanetti remains available for selection should his country call upon him. Athos and Zanetti - patriots and warriors to the end.



Mario Balotelli as Porthos

Porthos is the resident joker of the Three Musketeers. He's the man you go to for a dose of comedy and is regarded by his colleagues to have his talents but, whisper it, is also a bit naive. Deep down he is a character who has a good heart and is loyal to the cause.

For Porthos read Mario Balotelli. He has had his run-ins with Athos aka Zanetti, who berated him for throwing his Inter shirt away, after being jeered by his own fans when they were team-mates. Super Mario, Mad Mario & Bad Balotelli are all headlines that have been attached to the gifted Italian in recent times especially since his move to Manchester City last summer.

Balotelli is a one-man headline industry, if he isn't suggesting bringing a pet dog to a team celebration he'll be playing with an iPad on the bench. He racks up parking tickets for fun and tries to score crazy goals like a cheeky backheel in a pre-season friendly only for it to go disastrously wrong.

It isn't all mayhem with Balotelli as he helped a boy who was being bullied at school to confront his problems directly by acting as a mediator. He can also play a bit too and was awarded man of the match for his performance in the 2011 FA Cup final which Man City won.

There is more to Porthos and Balotelli than just a few laughs. Much more.

Cristiano Ronaldo as Aramis

Brilliant, good looking and he knows it. Aramis is a daring playboy who doesn't lack for confidence. Arrogance is a word that is often associated with him but his gift comes with a price. Aramis is rarely satisfied and is always seeking something better. Sound familiar?

Inheriting David Beckham's No.7 shirt at Manchester United didn't faze a teenage Ronaldo one bit. He dominated the Premier League in his final three seasons at the club inspiring the Red Devils to domestic and European success along the way.

Ronaldo's world record £80m move to Real Madrid in 2009 was staggering but not to him. Being the best comes at a price and if you can't handle it then that is your problem. "I think I'm worth more," he told the press afterwards.

Rivals and onlookers may mock and accuse him of being cocky beyond belief but he knows the real reason. "People whistle me because I am good-looking, rich and a great footballer. They are jealous of me," said Ronaldo recently.

Just like Aramis the Portuguese superstar is fiercely loyal to his friends and colleagues. When asked which Barcelona player he would like to sign for Los Blancos he replied "I wouldn't sign anyone."

Ronaldo and Aramis. You may not like them but you certainly can't ignore them.


The Three Musketeers in 3D is released on October 12. This explosive action adventure sees Aramis, Porthos, Athos and the spirited D’Artagnan take on the deadly and mysterious Milady (Milla Jovovich), as Buckingham’s (Orlando Bloom) evil plot takes flight.