After short spells at Udinese, Juventus and Palermo, it was with Internazionale that he found his spiritual home in the 1960s. A strong, large, quick, and energetic player, Burgnich is regarded as one of the greatest Italian defenders of his time; he was a versatile player who was capable of playing as a centre-back, as a sweeper, and as a right-sided full-back, where he particularly excelled, forming a formidable partnership with Giacinto Facchetti. He was an excellent man-marker and tackler, who was adept at anticipating his opponents; he is also remembered for his discipline and for his concentration. He played 467 times for the Nerazzurri, scoring 6 goals, and his physical, aggressive, determined style was ideally suited to the catenaccio system operated by Helenio Herrera throughout Inter's glory years. Five Italian championships, two European Cups and two World Club Championships tell the tale of how successful Burgnich was. He was part of the Internazionale lineup of the 1960s still known today as Grande Inter.