Pablo Zabaleta

Pablo Zabaleta

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Pablo Zabaleta

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Pablo Javier Zabaleta Girod (born 16 January 1985) is an Argentine footballer who plays for Manchester City.

Zabaleta can operate on both sides of the pitch either as a defender or midfielder, but is predominantly a right sided player. Zabaleta also holds a Spanish passport. He has garnered a reputation for being a tenacious player and his overlapping runs from full back position.

Club career

San Lorenzo

Born in Buenos Aires, Zabaleta was raised in Arrecifes, Argentina. He began his career at Club Atlético San Lorenzo de Almagro in 2002 after progressing through their youth ranks, having been signed at the age of 12 from local club Obras Sanitarias. He started playing as a defensive midfielder but eventually moved to the right side of midfield


Zabaleta was transferred to Espanyol in 2005 for €3 million after being Argentina under-20's captain in the 2005 FIFA World Youth Championship, which Argentina won.

In January 2007, he suffered a shoulder injury that kept him off the pitch for almost 3 months, already having established himself as an undisputed first team choice. In May 2007, Zabaleta started in the 2007 UEFA Cup Final, which Espanyol lost 3–1 on penalties to Sevilla.

Manchester City

In the summer of 2008, Zabaleta transferred to Premier League club Manchester City rejecting an offer from Juventus and stated upon joining that 'the offer of Manchester City is impossible to reject'. Having passed a...
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