Julio Cesar has consistently been one of the best players at Inter for the past few years. Arguably, the best keeper in the world on his day, Julio played a pivotal role in Inter’s treble triumph. Having joined Inter from Chievo in 2005, Julio soon became first choice keeper after some promising performances. By 2010, he was undoubtedly one of the best keepers in the game making reaction save after save. Not only was he quick with his hands, but he was also quick on his feet. Being Brazilian, his natural talents shone through in various games where he would dribble with the ball when other keepers would quickly boot it away. This almost became a trademark of the Inter keeper and it reassured the fans knowing we had a confident keeper between the posts. Who can forget his amazing double saves when he would pull of 2 or even 3 beautiful diving saves in a row to leave the opposition’s strikers scratching their heads. A certain Cristiano Ronaldo was left stunned after Julio pulled off one of his best performances against an attacking Manchester United at the Meazza during the Champions League Round of 16. Moreover, Julio not only did his talking on the pitch, but he was an amazing individual as well. A comical man with a wry sense of humor, he is always ready to have a good laugh during training. Everything was going great for Julio.
Then, something caught up with him. Something that no player can avoid (although Zanetti is trying to), age. As he passed into his 30’s, Julio’s quick hands slowed and his feet gradual gave way as well. By the 2011/2012 season, Julio was a shadow of his former self and had even been dropped from the Brazilian National team. Criticism rained down on him, even from Inter supporters and he was treated horribly. In 2012, Inter have shown very little respect for all he has done. Without notice, we signed a very talented keeper in Handanovic and assigned him Julio’s number 1 jersey. A distraught Julio was left to pick up his things and was almost released in a terrible manner. However, now it seems that Julio is on the verge to move to the Premier League. At first it appeared as if Tottenham would secure his signature but that never completely materialized. Now it has recently been suggested that Julio is very close to QPR, of all clubs. A great in football has been treated poorly and now he goes to pastures a new in hopes to rekindle his form. Wherever he goes though, thank you Julio, for everything you have done and Interisti from everywhere hope you have success wherever you play!