The final chapter of "Play Like a Man" looks closely at Zanetti's personal life and his charity work with the PUPI Foundation, which works with street children in Buenos Aires. It's clear that he understands deeply the difficulties faced by many children, and is fully aware that through his foundation he can only help so many. Argentina's economic and social problems are deep and structural and need to be addressed strategically to eradicate the endemic poverty that persists in the barrios of Buenos Aires and other cities.
I wouldn't normally consider footballer's autobiographies as the kind of literature I enjoy, but Zanetti's "Play Like a Man" is inspirational in understanding the amount of sacrifice, passion and work rate required to make it at the top level in football.
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In "Play Like a Man," we find out that players never really stop -- well, not Zanetti, anyway. He recalls playing against fellow professionals on small suburban pitches, away from the eyes of fans and journalists (or even sometimes playing with them). It is impossible to imagine Zanetti without a football, running down the right flank after a successful tackle, dribbling past players until he reaches the end of the pitch.
Zanetti will "become part of the management," according to Thohir. He certainly needs to stay at the club, for whom his love is made clear in his recently released autobiography "Giocare da Uomo" ("Play Like a Man"). In the book, he repeats time and time again that he is not fit to be a manager (unlike Cambiasso); his new role with Inter will likely be behind a desk, nowhere near the dugout.