Legendary former Inter striker Sandro Mazzola feels that the Nerazzurri are one of the defining elements of his life.

Speaking to Italian news outlet FCInter1908, the former striker reflected on the importance that Inter has had for him on the occasion of his 80th birthday.

Mazzola spent the better part of two decades wearing the Nerazzurri shirt, having made his debut for the club in 1960, before hanging up his boots at the end of the 1976-77 campaign.

As a player, Mazzola won the Serie A title with Inter four times, the last coming in the 1970-71 season, and also won the European Cup twice as part of the legendary Grande Inter team of the 1960s.

After retiring from playing, the 80-year-old also continued to be a part of the Nerazzurri, serving as a club executive until 1984, where he then worked at Genoa.

Even in retirement, Mazzola has continued to have a very strong connection with Inter.

“Inter was the team that gave me my strength and winning mentality,” he reflected.

“It gave me the opportunity to do what I loved, and it taught me how to conduct myself, and not just against opponents.”

“I owe everything to Inter,” Mazzola said.