Modena defender, Giovanni Zaro, has a remarkable record under his belt – he didn’t miss a single minute of play in 2023, racking up a total of 3420 minutes. He recently shared his experiences with Italian newspaper, La Gazzetta dello Sport.
When reflecting on his feat, Zaro confessed, “I didn’t think I would be the only one. The funny thing is that I’m on probation; now that I’ve set the record, I could even get disqualified.” His comments imply a level of disbelief at his own achievement and also a sense of humour in potentially jeopardising his impressive record.
Discussing how he has managed to achieve this, he pointed out the role fortune plays but also praised his own perseverance and the faith his coaches placed in him. In an interesting elaborate detail, he doesn’t shirk training sessions even when exhausted or in mild discomfort.
Tracing back his journey, Zaro reminisced his time at Pro Patria, where he was still living with his parents without seeing football as a job. The player’s first stint in Modena, according to him, came with a significant amplification of responsibilities and a shift in perspective.
Discussing the Serie B championship, Zaro singled out Parma and Cremonese as favourites, complimenting their strong players and their tactical flexibility. Yet, he did not undermine his own team, Modena. Asserting their pro-active style of football, Zaro stated that they play by keeping possession to develop the game and can compete against any team.
Speaking to La Gazzetta dello Sport, he left a sense of determination and resilience. His unexpected record testifies to his hard work, dedication, and love for the sport.