Javier Zanetti and Gennaro Gattuso take fans inside 2003 Champions League Milan derby

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Javier Zanetti has been around the block a little. He's witnessed up close and personal some of the biggest and best that the Beautiful Game has to offer. Serie A titles, Champions League finals, and two World Cups. He's seen it all.

In a 22-year career, the Argentinian made 815 appearances for Inter Milan, a record for a non-Italian, and captained the Nerazzurri to Champions League glory in 2010. 

"The ball can go in or miss by a centimetre. So often luck can change the fate of a club and a player." - Gennaro Gattuso

But, for all his success and individual accolades, one game in particular stands out above all the rest. And it ended in defeat.

"I remember when the referee blew his whistle, I began to cry," he says. "Because it was a game my team-mates and I felt deeply."

The game he's referring to is, of course, Inter Milan's Champions League semi-final defeat against fierce rivals AC Milan in 2003. Zanetti, alongside his opponent that day Genarro Gattuso, has been reliving that fateful night at the San Siro as part of Sony Xperia's superb "Road to Milan: Milan Rivalries" film.

Check out two of the games' greatest legends discussing one of the most memorable Champions League moments ever below.

What is your favourite Champions League moment? Let us know by leaving a comment below.

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