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Argentina great Zanetti excited by 2030 World Cup bid

AFP  |  Moscow 

Former star said it would be a "great satisfaction" for his country to host as part of a joint bid alongside and

The 44-year-old Zanetti appeared at the 1998 and 2002 World Cups and played 143 times for Argentina, a record he shares with

"(The bid) would be a great satisfaction for us as a country after we organised it in 1978, for us to organise such a competition like this again that makes the country grow," Zanetti told reporters at Conmebol's Casa del Futbol in

The joint bid is the only confirmed candidate so far for the centenary tournament, although the bidding process is not due to open for several years yet.

will begin their campaign against in Group D on Saturday, with games to follow against and

"I always see with great players," said Zanetti, now at Inter Milan, where he spent 19 years as a

"I hope that in the first game, which is the most difficult as it's the first of the World Cup, the team does well and sets itself up for what follows.

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First Published: Thu, June 14 2018. 17:10 IST