Inter Milan and Argentina legend Javier Zanetti is to retire from football, Sky Sports reports.

The full-back, who is now aged 40, began his career 22 years ago, and has made over 800 appearances in his long spell as a player. 

"I feel the time has come," Zanetti said to Argentinian newspaper La Nacion. "I feel fulfilled and complete. To retire at almost 41 still feeling in form has no price."

Zanetti's season has been blighted by injury, restricting him to just ten appearances for the Italian club, and it is clear that the Inter captain believes he has done all he needs to in his long, illustrious career. 

The Inter Milan captain will retire with a host of accolades. Five Serie A titles, four Coppa Italia medals, a Champions League winners medal and a UEFA Cup victory, making him a true hero of the modern game. 

He will not be leaving the game of football however.

"It is clear that nothing will be as before, but I am ready because I will continue in the world of football and this will keep me alive. I dreamed of finishing my career at Inter, in my home, and I have."

The Argentine made an incredible 145 appearances for his national side, but never got the chance to win a World Cup, despite playing with some of Argentina's greatest ever players.

"El Tractor", as he was known to fans, is due to take up a role as a director of the Inter Milan board, meaning he will never be too far away from the action. 

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