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Diego Milito

Diego Milito

Zabaleta is natural heir to Zanetti

Tags: Argentina, Brazil, England, Sony Xperia, Spain

Sony Ambassador Diego Milito believes Manchester City defender Pablo Zabaleta is the long-term successor to the legendary Javier Zanetti …

Q: Javier Zanetti announced his farewell to the football. Who can be his heir, as winger and leader, in the Argentinean team?

A: Tactically, I believe that Pablo Zabaleta can be his heir, even if it’s never easy to make a comparison.

Javier managed to do unbelievable things in Italy, with Inter, and with the Albiceleste as well. We’re talking about an extraordinary player and a wonderful man, who made Inter and Argentina history, nobody played so many games with Argentina shirt as he did.

Q: So, you are confident Zabaleta has all of the right features?

A: I believe Pablo Zabaleta has what it takes – as player and as man – to be his heir.

Q: Manchester City are champions of England and they have some important players at the World Cup with Argentina, Aguero for instance?

A: I hope he makes an impact. With Kun, we’re talking about an extraordinary player. It is true that he has had a difficult year complicated by injuries, but I have no doubt that he will have a fine World Cup.

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