“Culture of example and work, respect, sense of appearance, responsibility and spirit of sacrifice: we must set an example. I showed my teammates the path to follow with facts, and they followed me because I reasoned for the common good. Today I do the same with colleagues in other positions.” Words from Javier Zanetti, flag of Inter, now vice-president of the club, in conversation with Rosario De Luca, president of the National Council of the Order of Labor Consultants on the occasion of Labor Day in Florence “When Inter asked me to become vice-president, I was very happy, but I realized the great responsibility –. admits the Argentinian born in 1973 -. A 25-year football journey was coming to an end and another was starting from scratch and I had to prepare.” From training to books, tactical meetings to calls: “You have to adapt, understand the moment. Technology evolves quickly and you must adapt by making your talents available to the work culture” Without ever improvising anything: “Studying is fundamental as is learning from more experienced people”. he played 858 matches for Inter until 2014, the year he retired, winning five league titles, four Italian Cups, four Italian Super Cups, one Champions League, one Club World Cup and one FIFA World Cup. UEFA. After hanging up his boots, he preferred the office to the bench: “Many former footballers are coaches, while I wanted to be a manager – explains Zanetti – with a broader, 360-degree vision and I knew I would have to prepare, I would have to study. I started my training at Bocconi where I continue to study and learn a lot. I feel useful to my club in several areas that I didn't even know before.” In Argentina, as a child, he delivered milk from 4 to 8 a.m., then left to train: “My dream – reveals Pupi – is born in a suburban neighborhood Every time I lifted a trophy, I was reminded of the journey I took to get there. You have to keep your feet on the ground and show humility, nothing is. accomplished.” Words from a charismatic leader, but fair and loyal: in 19 years spent in Italy, the Argentinian has only been expelled once in Serie A. This is not a bad record. “Fairness comes above all, as well as respect for adversaries and colleagues, always carrying with me the values ​​transmitted by my parents. To still be recognized today for these values ​​is a source of great pride.”

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