Former Man City Full-Back Pablo Zabaleta Retires At 35

Former Manchester City and West Ham Argentine defender, Pablo Zabaleta has announced his retirement from at age 35. Pablo Zabaleta

The Argentine modern-day attacking full-back is believed said to be one of the modern full-backs have helped transformed how their position is now seen and played.

Pablo Zabaleta started his career in his homeland with San Lorenzo, he joined Manchester City from La Liga side Espanyol for a sum of £6.5m in 2008 where he went on to become a legend and help transform the Blue half of Manchester into a European footballing powerhouse.

He featured for the Sheikh Mansour’s side 333 times winning two Premier League titles, he also won the FA Cup and two League Cups with the club. After nine seasons at the Etihad, Zabaleta moved to West Ham in 2017 where he made 80 appearances before at end of his contract earlier this summer.

Pablo Zabaleta, who won 58 caps for his country, said:

“After 18 years as a professional footballer, I took the decision to retire from playing football.
‘These have been wonderful years that gave me the opportunity to enjoy unique and unforgettable moments.
‘Forever I will thank all the people that shared the journey with me; clubs, teammates, coaches and in particular my family and all my friends.
‘With a lot of emotions, I leave behind one of the best stages of my life. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.’

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