Javier Adelmar Zanetti

Javier Adelmar Zanetti was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina on Aug. 10, 1973. He was widely regarded as one greatest footballer of his generation for prominent achievements he has made. Grown in a poor family, he spared no efforts to get his family out of poverty. The route to become a professional football player was not smooth as other football players. But short after the rejection from Independiente, he started professional football career by reaching an agreement with Talleres de Remedios de Escalada.

On Nov. 16, 1994, Zanetti made his first debut for Argentina national football team at a match against Chile. In 1996, he represented Argentina at Summer Olympics in Atlanta, United States. In 2002, Zanetti pulled on Argentina football shirt once again at the World Cup, helping the team reached the third place in fierce competition. Known for his stamina, consistency, technique and dynamic energy, he won numerous honors and trophies for the country, winning respects and admirations of many spectators and football lovers.