"The victory over Siena told me that Samuel wasn't telling fibs when he said that he used to play centre-forward as a boy," Zanetti joked.
"Inter have great numbers, true champions, but also a lot of heart. I am proud of this group. They are people who never give up, that leave nothing to spare, that respect the club and the fans.
"I have never seen a team-mate go off the pitch without having given everything and even a bit more. They say that we are the most foreign team in Italy. But I struggle to find a group around the world more attached to our jersey. And this is the winning card.
"Comebacks like those on Saturday against Siena, and those against Cagliari and Dinamo Kiev are not casual occurrences like victories snatched in the last minute like those against Fiorentina and Udinese at San Siro.
"It's the merit of serious people, true professionals and a President who makes you love this shirt. I returned home on Saturday night and watched Samuel's 4-3 all over again and that image of the President out of his mind with joy filled my heart again.
"We have been together since 1995. We have gone through a lot together and now more than anyone else he deserves to enter into the history of Italian football."