Last April, we feared it was the end for Javier Zanetti. The Inter and Argentine legend ruptured his Achilles tendon in a late-season match at Palermo, and at age 39, many thought his career had come to a tragic close.
Boy, were they wrong.
Six months after vowing he would return, Zanetti made his long-awaited season debut in front of Inter’s home fans. Coming on in the 82nd minute with Inter leading Livorno 1-0, Zanetti received a standing ovation from the San Siro crowd. It would be “Pupi’s” 604th Serie A appearance (second most all-time behind Paolo Maldini), all for Inter.
And here’s some real fan footage, minus the cheesy background music:
The now 40-year-old Zanetti had the fans back on their feet just minutes later, when he started the move that led to Yuto Nagatomo’s stoppage-time clincher. This time, everyone went nuts:
Zanetti starting the action that brings to the 2-0 of Nagatomo. Everybody runs to hug Zanetti. Angels celebrating— Tancredi Palmeri (@tancredipalmeri)
If Nagatomo would have give that assist for Zanetti, now we would be here watching San Siro burning down— Tancredi Palmeri (@tancredipalmeri)
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