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Man City fullback Zabaleta glowing tribute to Inter Milan skipper Zanetti

Manchester City fullback Pablo Zabaleta has paid tribute to Inter Milan captain Javier Zanetti.

Zabaleta has succeeded Zanetti in the Argentina national team.

"I've always admired him a lot. He's a reference to my role. From the first contact I had with him at the World Cup of Korea-Japan 2002, we have a good relationship.

"I remember I asked him for his shirt and he gave it to me. It was a beautiful gesture, the best memory I have of him.

"He's a person predisposed to dialogue and work," said Zanetti.

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