April 2nd, 2009

The TTO: Javier Zanetti v Zlatan Ibrahimovic

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image via ZUMAPRESS/KEYSTONE Press

We know. We took the obvious route. But when you think of Inter Milan, you think of the big guns: Javier Zanetti and Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

Don’t their names just roll off the tongue?

Not to worry – there are more important things to do today besides practicing saying “Ibrahimovic” five times fast.  We invite you to slip on your favourite silk and cashmere robe of judgment and get to examining our thightastic choices for the latest Thigh-Off.

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JAVIER ZANETTI

Javier – more commonly referred to as Pupi around most parts, is the elder statesman – he’s a 35-year-old defender, and captain of the Inter squad.  He was born in Buenos Aries and is the most capped Argentinian player ever.  Pupi’s comfortable exploring his more creative side via song. Sure, Mr. Z could use a touch of the good ‘ol lip plumper, but the amount of bulging muscle that he brings to the pitch outweighs any collagen concerns. FYI, When Pupi first joined Inter, he didn’t even own a suit.  Probably because it was impossible to get enough fabric to stretch across his legs.

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ZLATAN IBRAHIMOVIC

27-year-old Zlatan is quite the international man-about-town. He’s a striker that plays for the Swedish national team, and is of Bosnian and Croatian descent. What else? Well, he has a bank balance that could single-handledly bring the global recession to an end. His sense of self-esteem is fully large and in charge. He has the “Ibrahimovic code” tattooed on his arms. Indeed, Ibrah is many things to many people – from an object of lust to an object of great arrogance. But you can never say he doesn’t work for his thigh coverage. Because, let’s face it, he knows how to flex and stretch those money makers for the cameras.

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Who do you think deserves the win?


Congratulations to Vincente, who walked all over David Silva in last week’s Valencia Thigh Off. Next week, Portsmouth!

Many thanks to TB for her extensive collection of Inter Milan thigh options.

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56 Responses to “The TTO: Javier Zanetti v Zlatan Ibrahimovic”

  1. Hema says:

    zlatan!!!

  2. LizB (Mrs. Vucinic) says:

    Hrm. After a mulling over it for 20 mins or so… I've come to the conclusion that Pupi is going to have to win my vote because I see his THIGH more often. Zlatan has this regrettable habit of wearing baselayers: <img src="http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b328/torstai/Serie%20A%20nonRoma/Milan/Zambro/610x.jpg"&gt; Whereas Pupi does not: <img src="http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b328/torstai/Serie%20A%20nonRoma/Inter/Picture4-1.png"&gt; So there we go. My vote. For Pupi.

  3. Mar102082 says:

    this may be the most difficult tto….. but, i am going to have to go with zanetti… so sorry ibra

  4. boo says:

    zlatan, cuz his legs look great no matter the position or if they're tense

  5. Malin ("MrsFern says:

    *whips out her magnifying glass* Oh dear. Wait a few hours, I need to ogle, examine and consider properly here.

  6. carly says:

    I hope there’s a thigh…a TIE! (sorry, old joke)

  7. 'TorresNubianQueen' says:

    wooow this is actually a hard one cos theyre both ‘packing it’ hmmmmm kickette u made this very difficult i gotta come bc wiv an answer but 1st let me enjoy these pics wiv a galaxy chocolate yummy!!

  8. Tres Bien says:

    OMG *goes into shock*

    I totally didn’t see that one coming!

    I think I may have been the only one to have voted for Pupi v Maldini…

  9. Lucy says:

    Bloody hell. Best thigh off yet in terms of well matched muscular quality! I’m going with Zanetti, I’m still staring at those beasts :O

  10. LizB (Mrs. Vucinic) says:

    Good Lord. I was dreading this. I'm going to have a hell of a time deciding between Pupi and Zlatanicus. :/ Oh thanks TB! So yeah… I got a TON of pics ready for this, uploaded them to my pb and then my computer broke and I got too lazy to send them to kickette. TB was a love and took the initiative to go through all my pictures– and find a bunch of her own– and send them in. Um anyway. I'll get back to you on my decision. Guh. Pupi v. Ibra.

  11. Venice says:

    Impressive! :-O Inter sure are abundant in thighs! Mmmm think I'm going to go with Zanetti :-)

  12. AJ says:

    As my thing is really, really thick legs, I’ll have to go with the thicker of the two…Zanetti.

  13. torres4ever says:

    Zlatan for sure. His thigh are super muscular!

  14. carly says:

    I hope there’s a thigh…a TIE! (sorry, old joke)

  15. Malin ("MrsFernandoTorres", if I may) says:

    *whips out her magnifying glass* Oh dear. Wait a few hours, I need to ogle, examine and consider properly here.

  16. Lucy says:

    Bloody hell. Best thigh off yet in terms of well matched muscular quality! I'm going with Zanetti, I'm still staring at those beasts :O

  17. LoveLamps says:

    Oh dear me. Extremely difficult TTO. I'm going with Zanetti. Don't be sad Ibra. Please!

  18. Ibra's Left Thi says:

    Are you all crazy?  Didn’t you see the Inter game on Sunday with Ibra’s thighs all over the place!  He’s hot, he’s lean and he’s a thigh-flexing machine!  Hands down, not only does Ibra have the best thighs on Inter, he’s the hottest man on the planet!

  19. shay says:

    Zanetti for sure.

  20. banri says:

    oh no kickette, you’re not going to make me choose.

    ..but if i have to, zanetti of course! hands down <img src="http://www.kickette.com/images/smileys/wink.gif&quot; width="19" height="19" alt="wink" style="border:0;" />

  21. lindsaytorres says:

    they both have horses thighs! i vote for… zanetti. i think

  22. Jo says:

    Good heavens, I have to choose? Umm…Zlatan.  No, wait.  Javier.

    This is cruel. 

    Final choice: Zlatan

  23. lovesucker711 says:

    my word this is a toughy! i'll have to go ahead and say ibra…but only by the skin of his teeth!

  24. Meer. says:

    I'm sorry but tis is too easy for me. Move over Zlatan, here comes Zanetti.

  25. sarahj. says:

    Ibrahimovic….yes tall muscular and lean!!!!

  26. Jovana says:

    zlatan for sure his thighs are soo muscular and so niice(and im not just saying that because i loove him soo much =)

  27. The Fourth Official says:

    Am I the only one who seems to recall that Zlatan was the subject of a TTO once before – many months ago? Because I remember voting for him. However, this time around, I choose Zanetti.

  28. Rebecca says:

    Hmm… this is a tough one. I'll take… Zlatan, I think. And just some more dots if I didn't make enough of them: …

  29. HiL says:

    A hard one, but my vote goes to Zlatan. He looks like a super hero with awesome thighs making super kicks in pictures 9 and 11. P: they convinced me.

  30. kenita says:

    i go for pupi, sorry zlatan

  31. 'TorresNubianQu says:

    after much deliberation i have to go for my boi IBROHIMOVIC!!!

  32. striker says:

    Ibra for sure

  33. Blondie says:

    Zanetti =)

  34. Dreamgirl says:

    Zanetti for me please.

  35. Genevieve Gourcuff says:

    This one was sooooo hard…. but I agree with aristeia's reasoning… so I vote Zanetti

  36. aristeia says:

    *wanders around dazed* How… am I supposed to… choose? I'll be back soon, must search my soul, etc.

  37. aristeia says:

    Fourth, he was. And so was Pupi. He went against Maldini and was destroyed. This is way more difficult than I thought it would be. I've torn all my hair out. This is how I came to my decision. Zlatan has won a TTO, Pupi has not. Zlatan has more time to BE in another TTO in the future, Pupi has less. Zlatan is super cocky (yet oh so sexy) and sometimes lazy, Pupi is extremely generous and hard-working (his nickname in Italy is Il Trattore [The Tractor]). Therefore, I must give it to HE OF THE EPIC THIGH (bum, coiffe and cheekbone): Pupi. *goes off to beg for forgiveness face-first in Zlatan's thigh*

  38. Becca says:

    Javier Zanetti For Me.

  39. LynxKitten says:

    Zanetti :D

  40. Gina Villamelon says:

    I think I'm in danger of overloading on thigh here. That first pic of Zlatan is mighty impressive, but after looking at all the pics closely, my vote is going to Zanetti. Juuuust barely though.

  41. Nina (Mrs Gerrard) says:

    Oh Ibra for me, though it's really close.

  42. Zatil says:

    Zanetti, deffo.

  43. Tres Bien says:

    Ummm…wow. You have made this very difficult. I will probably need a few hours to think for this one.<font size="2">Much love goes out to <font size="2">Liz</font> for providing many photos, as well.</font>Yes, the easy way out but definitely the most difficult to decide.<font size="2">Thanks for the shout out and the much appreciated help as well!</font>Now, time to ponder the epicness of thighs…

  44. Malin ("MrsFern says:

    Right. I know now. Zanetti.

  45. Boston Red says:

    Zanetti. Oh yes, Zanetti. The oul man's still got it :)

  46. FootballerChick43 - says:

    Zlatan wins. Hands down.

  47. Erin says:

    Both impressive, but Zlatan's thighs are just plain EPIC!

  48. nicki says:

    at first I thought Zlatan would have this wrapped up for me, but I think I just never noticed Zanetti’s thightastic glory before. after looking the pics over, I have to go with Zanetti on this one.

  49. autumnmaple101 says:

    Hmm tough call but Zanetti for me.

  50. minsan says:

    my vote goes for zlatan. his thighs are beautiful and amazingly muscular.

  51. lutscher says:

    Zlatan all the way, monster thighs on that man

  52. Tres Bien says:

    Z, Big Ibra, Zlatanicus, Zlatan… I heart you. You know I do. Normally I would pencil you in… except there is one thing. I am immune to you and your thighliciousness. You may have the best thighs on Earth, but there is one thing standing in your way of getting my vote and that is…


    There is a reason why this photo of Pupi was my mobile background for so long.

    Pupi, amo tus piernas. Verdad.

    So, long story short, my vote is for my beloved Pupi. Esta es mi respuesta final. Fin.

  53. carly says:

    *cries*

    damn. How can I choose between the two best pairs of thighs in the world? :(

    Bah, it’s useless, I don’t have a proper reason.

    I think Pupi will win, so I would vote for Zlatan, but since I saw Pupi chewing gum today and he still looked strangely classy, I’ll go for PUPI. And cheer up Capitano! :)

  54. BS_guapa_grl6 says:

    This is def a hard decision..although Zlatan has impressive positions that def wowed me..my vote has to go for Zanetti because there is no question that his thighs are massive and strong…the best thighs Argentina has…:)

  55. carly says:

    *cries*

    damn. How can I choose between the two best pairs of thighs in the world? :(

    Bah, it’s useless, I don’t have a proper reason.

    I think Pupi will win, so I would vote for Zlatan, but since I saw Pupi chewing gum today and he still looked strangely classy, I’ll go for PUPI. And cheer up Capitano! :)

  56. Malin ("MrsFernandoTorres", if I may) says:

    Right. I know now. Zanetti.