Oh, don't get me wrong - I really appreciate Zanetti's 700-some caps for Inter, and the fact that he's been team captain for years now. He is just pure class and quality, and when it comes to players like that, you can't dislike them no matter what team they're on. I remember reading this on Wikipedia a while ago; That sort of statement just oozes quality. He's an exemplar of the way the game should be played. It's a real pity that he was shafted by both Pekerman and Maradona in their respective WC runs. No doubt that Zanetti's influence on Argentina's defense could have really swayed how 2010 South Africa turned out. I don't know why I initially chose ACM over FCIM. Just one of those weird draws of the hat. Actually I think I just preferred the red/black uniform to the blue/black of Internazionale. My pick of RM over Barça was even more bizarre. During my last stint living in Argentina years ago, when I started getting back into football as a young adult rather than just a kid's passtime, news broke of Boca transferring then-midfield-prodigy Fernando Gago to Madrid. It was all over issues of El Grafico for months, despite Messi already working his way up to the first team from La Masia. I'd been following Gago a lot in the 2004-05 season when Boca won the league, Supercopa and Resupercopa Sudamericana, as well as taking on ACM in the Club World Cup in Japan. I continued to follow him from Boca to RM, and it just kind of stuck. That decision to follow Real was solidified within a few weeks when River Plate confirmed the transfer of Gonzalo Higuaín. Mind was made up then and there. Hence, I feel a little bit threatened by Mourinho's continued trust in Benzema, despite Higuaín having been consistently solid up front over the last three or four seasons.