“There are great stories and emotions, moments of pure joy that are worth every drop of sweat, which make you overcome every pain and mental exhaustion. Like this Scudetto: mine, ours, of all those who believed in it. Always! This Scudetto is a love story with a happy ending that nothing and nobody can ruin. This story does not end here because we, who have lived it, carry it inside, and the affection that we have built and we have given by ourselves will remain forever,” a 29-year-old Italy national team opposite wrote in a farewell message addressed to Sir Safety Conad Perugia fans who supported the team in winning the triple crown last season, on Instagram.
He also thanked his teammates for a hard work and for trusting him during the last two seasons. “The Zar” especially tanked Perugia coach Lorenzo Bernardi.
“But the most important thanks is for you, Lollo. It was an honor to be trained by you. You understood me, you guided me, you listened to me and tamed me. I am proud, determined and often stubborn. You made me what I did not think I would ever be able to be. You were the greatest and now you are even more!” Zaytsev posted.
So far in his career, Zaytsev won Italian championships twice, Italian cup once, and Italian Supercup twice. Individually, he won the prize as Best Outside Hitter in the 2017 CEV Champions League, and Best Opposite in the 2015 CEV European Championship and 2015 FIVB World Cup.