MILAN - He's back. Ivan Zamorano touched down at Milan's Malpensa airport at 14:30 this afternoon after a flight from Madrid. The former Nerazzurri hero, who will remain in town for two days, will salute his old fans at the Giuseppe Meazza before Sunday afternoon's Serie A match against Perugia.
Zamorano willl retire from competitive football on 22 December with a testimonial match organised in Chile capital Santiago.
Born on 18 January 1967, the gritty centre-forward was the first Chilean player to make a name for himself in Europe. After spending his early footballing days at Cobresal, Zamorano moved to San Gallo where he was twice top scorer in three seasons at the Swiss club. He then spent two years at Seville, then four at Real Madrid, where he won the Liga Golden Boot on two occasions.
'Bam Bam' arrived at Inter in 1996. He remained for five seasons and scored 41 goals, perhaps the most memorable one coming in the 1997/98 UEFA Cup final victory over Lazio in Paris. At Inter, Zamorano became the first player in history to personalise his shirt number (1+8). Welcome back Ivan.