Former Manchester City defender Zabaleta retires

Paola Ditto
Ottobre 18, 2020

Argentina's former long-serving Manchester City defender Pablo Zabaleta has made a decision to bring the curtain down on his distinguished playing career after leaving West Ham over the summer.

Zabaleta won 58 caps for Argentina but has not been involved in the global setup since 2016. "These have been wonderful years that gave me the opportunity to enjoy unique and unforgettable moments", Zabaleta said on Twitter to confirm his retirement.

Forever grateful to all who accompanied me on this path; clubs, teammates, coaches and, of course, all my family and friends. Zabaleta played a total of 107 games with the parakeet team shirt and won the affection of the fans after winning the Copa del Rey in 2006.

Zabaleta would join Manchester City in 2008 and become a pillar in the back line.

Zabaleta first started his career with San Lorenzo in 2002 where he later joined Espanyol in 2005, spending three years at the club.

Pablo Zabaleta retires – AS Argentina
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The Argentina full-back spent the next nine years at City, making 333 appearances and helping them to Premier League glory in 2011-12 and 2013-14, while they also won the FA Cup in 2011 and the League Cup in 2014 and 2016. Thank you from the bottom of my heart'.

An excellent 2012-13 season ended without silverware but saw him named in the PFA Premier League Team of the Year and also voted City's Player of the Year.

The 35-year-old has been without a club since being released by West Ham at the end of June.

With theArgentine election, the experienced defender played 44 games and went 2014 World Cup runner-up Y of the Copa América 2015.

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