7 legends who were true gentlemen of the game
It takes a lot of hard work to be successful at the top level in football. But it takes a lot of character to be respected by everyone in the footballing world. These are the greats of the game who not only gave it their 110% every time they took to the field but treated the game with respect These players became known for their sportsman spirit and their professionalism along with their footballing quality. They have truly become role models for their clubs and countries leading by example. Here are five legends who are gentlemen of the game
#7 Javier Zanetti
Zanetti is one of the greatest full-backs in the history of the game. His career has been a symbol of consistency and professionalism few have matched. He is one of the few players even opposition fans admire. The Argentinian was never one to show displeasure and made sure his focus was always on his football.
The 42-year-old’s career spanned 22 years, a majority of which he spent with Inter Milan. He possessed every attribute a good defender requires and he has been one of the few players who managed to maintain a high level of performance for a long period of time.
Ryan Giggs labeled the right back, the toughest opponent he has faced. Zanetti is a true embodiment of all good things in football. He was honorable and fair, never once using foul means to win a football match.
He was another who never received a red card in his career. Juventus coach Antonio Conte was all praise about his character saying, “He is a player who has made history and I couldn’t think higher of him as a player and a man”.
Even Italian great Roberto Baggio admitted he was one of a kind saying, “He is so special and I have never heard him speak badly about anyone. Nowadays there aren't many players like him”.
Zanetti was one of those few players whose image has and never will be tarnished, a true ambassador of the beautiful game.