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Pablo Zabaleta

Pablo Zabaleta

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Defender
Pablo Zabaleta
Born
16 January 1985, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Joined City
16 June 2009
Pablo Zabaleta

Honours:

  1. Copa del Rey
    Copa del Rey
    2006
  2. Olympic Gold Medal
    Olympic Gold Medal
    2008
  3. FA Cup
    FA Cup
    2011
  4. Premier League
    Premier League
    2011/12
  5. Capital One Cup
    Capital One Cup
    2014
  6. Premier League
    Premier League
    2013/14
  7. Capital One Cup
    Capital One Cup
    2016

Always be yourself unless you can be Pablo Zabaleta

This the oft-quoted terrace saying sums up perfectly the standing that the Argentine warrior enjoys among City fans at Etihad Stadium and everywhere around the world.

 

Passion, desire and commitment epitomise City hero ‘Zaba’, who has donated sweat by the bucket load to stadiums across Europe and has literally bled for the cause before being patched up and carrying straight on.

 

Born in Buenos Aires, the defender began his career with San Lorenzo in Argentina as a midfielder before crossing the Atlantic to Spain to join Espanyol as a 20-year-old, after captaining his country to the FIFA Under 20 World Cup in 2005.

 

In three years with the la Liga outfit, Pablo established himself as a rugged, durable defender and was on the losing side when Espanyol made the Uefa Cup final in 2007.

 

City came calling a year later, signing Pablo in late August 2008 in one of the most astute pieces of business of the Club’s recent history. 

His move came shortly after he had helped Argentina win the gold medal at the Beijing Olympics, part of a stellar team including Lionel Messi, Angel Di Maria and future City team-mate Sergio Aguero.

 

Pablo took to English football immediately and quickly became a popular figure with Blues fans, and his versatility was a nice option too, with an ability to play in midfield as well as right-back helping City out on several occasions.

 

His opening goal on the day City secured the Premier League title in 2012 further enhanced his cult status.

 

He was City’s Etihad Player of the Season winner in 2013, and he remained a crucial cog in the side that regained the title two years later as well as claiming the Capital One Cup.

 

Pablo’s never-say-die spirit is as strong now as it was when he first arrived and with more than 300 City appearances, he still gives every last ounce of effort for the cause and treats every tackle as though it could be his last - a modern-day Club legend.

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