Inter's 40-year-old captain Javier Zanetti came back from a six-month injury lay-off during a 2-0 win over Livorno and couldn't hide his delight at making an unlikely recovery.
Zanetti made Serie A appearance number 604 having fought off an Achilles tendon injury that many thought would end the veteran's career.
The Argentine full-back has become a symbol of Inter since signing from Banfield in 1995 and continues to defy his age and remain a key component in the defence.
"I'm feeling very emotional because it's not easy to get back after an injury of this kind," Zanetti told Sky Sport after the final whistle.
"After the operation I dreamed of playing at least one more game in front of our fans and I managed it.
"I want to thank everyone who helped me from the medics to the fans, I won't forget anyone. I couldn't ask for more."
Zanetti also revealed that he had received a message of encouragement from former boss and current Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho.
"He sent me a text in which he said good luck and that he was sure I would return," he explained. "It never crossed my mind to give up."
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