No stopping record-breaker Zanetti

FC Internazionale Milano stalwart Javier Zanetti shows no sign of slowing down for club or country after becoming Argentina's most-capped international.

Zanetti still leads by example at Inter
Zanetti still leads by example at Inter ©Getty Images

FC Internazionale Milano stalwart Javier Zanetti shows no sign of slowing down for club or country after becoming Argentina's most-capped international.

'Proud and happy'
The 34-year-old Zanetti won a record 116th cap for Argentina in Saturday's 3-0 victory over Bolivia in Buenos Aires, surpassing the previous best of defender Roberto Ayala. "I am very proud and happy," Zanetti said. "It is not easy to achieve something like this and to stay at the top, particularly in a country like Argentina where new talents are always emerging."

Committed performer
With Ayala having retired from national-team football, Zanetti is likely to leave an even greater legacy in terms of appearances. "I have always been proud to play for my country and every time I am called up, I play with the same desire and commitment," said the right-sided defender cum midfielder, who is enjoying a renaissance with Los Albicelestes having been omitted from their 2006 FIFA World Cup squad.

Indefatigable
Zanetti's longevity is also notable at Italian champions Internazionale, where the club captain has played 398 Serie A matches, now spanning 13 seasons. Argentina's World Cup qualifying win against Bolivia came courtesy of two goals from out-of-favour Villarreal CF playmaker Juan Román Riquelme and one from Club Atlético de Madrid teenager Agüero.

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