Zanetti: "Meeting the Pope? Emotional experience"

MILAN – Inter Channel’s Tommaso Zanotti phoned
Javier Zanetti after the captain returned home from his meeting with Pope
Benedict XVI this morning. The captain’s answers will be broadcast on Inter Channel’s news programme at 19:30
this evening.

Captain, it must have been an intense morning for you. What was it like meeting Pope Benedict XVI?

"Yes, it was an intense morning. I’d met him once before when
the team was in Rome with Roberto Mancini as our coach. But it was
different this time because I had my whole family with me and
it really was an emotional experience."

You gave the Pope a Nerazzurri shirt with the number 16 on the
back.

"Yes, now the Pope has a shirt with his name on it and that added to the emotion of the experience."

Benedict XVI held your youngest
child Tomas in his arms. How did that feel?

"That’s what I meant
when I said it was a really emotional experience, because Paula and my children
were with me. Sharing such a special day with them in the presence
of his Holiness was really touching."

What about seeing
the Stadio Meazza packed with nearly 80,000 people?

"San Siro was full and
there were loads of youngsters too. I think it was an exciting
morning for everyone present."

What are you going to do over the coming days?

"I’ll have a holiday with my family and then I’ll
immediately start thinking about next season."

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