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Pablo Zabaleta




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Last game stats
Minutes played 90
Passes completed 48/58
Touches 79
Assists 0
Goals 0
Shots on target 0
Position Defender
Date of birth 16 January 1985
Place of birth Buenos Aires, Argentina
Height (ft) 5'10"
Weight (st) 12.00
International caps / goals 14 / 0
2013/2014 League Cup
Appearances 1 0
Goals 0 0
Assists 0 0
Passes 83% 0
Yellow cards 1 0
Red cards 0 0

City on Zabaleta:

Joined City: 31/8/08

Past clubs: San Lorenzo (2002-05), Espanyol (2005-08)

Team honours:

San Lorenzo: Copa Sudamericana (2002)

Espanyol: Copa del Rey (2006)

City: Premier League (2012, 2014), FA Cup (2011), Capital One Cup (2014), Community Shield (2012)

Argentina: FIFA World Youth Championship (2005), Olympic Gold (2008)

Individual honours:

Etihad Player of the Year (2013), Premier League PFA Team of the Year (2013), Etihad Player of the Month (December 2012, January 2013)

Bio: ‘Always be yourself unless you can be Pablo Zabaleta’ is the oft-quoted terrace saying that sums up the standing the Argentine warrior enjoys at the Etihad Stadium.

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.

Not short of ability to complement that fighting spirit, his attacking forays from right back are a regular feature of City’s forward threat while his crunching tackles and perfectly-timed interceptions have helped make the defence one of the meanest in the country.

Born in Buenos Aires, the defender began his career with San Lorenzo in Argentina as a midfielder before switching to Espanyol as a 20-year-old, after captaining his country to the FIFA World Youth Championship title in 2005.

Three years and 79 appearances later, City came knocking on Zabaleta’s door – his versatility in midfield and the back line proved invaluable to Mark Hughes and Roberto Mancini.

A regular member of the 2012 title winning side, he wrote his name into the history books by netting his first goal of the season on the final day, scoring the opener on the most dramatic of afternoons against QPR.

Now one of the first names on the teamsheet at right back, the Argentina international has since lifted a second Premier League title and Capital One Cup with City and forever cemented his place in club folklore. 

Latest tweets: @pablo_zabaleta

  • Very happy to have played my first game of the season. Fantastic performance by the team!!! #GoCity @MCFC (6 days ago, via Twitter for iPhone)

  • What a great win for @MCFC away from home today. Well done boys!!!! 👍👍👍 (more than a month ago, via Twitter for iPhone)

  • Great to see my friend @salvatoredimai1 again and enjoy his lovely Italian food at @Rosanero_ Sei grande!!! (more than a month ago, via Twitter for iPhone)

  • Top work at the @MCFC City Football Academy, @LouieJoyce_. The team need help delivering the away kit, you keen? ✈️🇦🇺 (more than a month ago, via Twitter for iPhone)

  • Keen for a session at @MCFC whilst we’re away, @PeteLBMcDonnell? @NikeUK will drop you a DM with all the info. (more than a month ago, via Twitter for iPhone)

Instagram: @mcfcofficial

  • #MCFC Instagram of the Day 538: Golden Boy
  • @sterling7 scored his second @england goal in tonight's win over Estonia.

Read our international round-up for more on!
  • Another potential injury blow for City as @21lvaoficial limps out of Spain's qualifier against Luxembourg. 
Latest on now!
  • He's been in brilliant form these past few weeks but which do you think is Joe Hart's best City save? We count down his top ten on now!
  • @fernandinho discusses his flying start with CityTV in an exclusive ten minute interview now showing on!
  • Duty calls! Check out a gallery of #mcfc stars in international action this week now on
  • Potential injury blow for City as @aguerosergiokun16 stretchered off after 22 minutes against Ecuador.

Full story on
  • "@sterling7 can set the world alight" says Joe Hart.

Full story on now!
  • #MCFC Instagram of the Day 537: Last Action Hero
  • This memorable one from @micahrichards features in CityTV's Top Ten headers compilation. 
Watch the rest now on!
  • First football idol? First interview? The first time a manager shouted at you? 
@therealbac reveals all in CityTV's My First quiz. Watch on or on our YouTube Channel now!
  • @kalle14 scored this beauty against Sunderland but is it your @nissan Goal of the Month? Vote now on
  • #TBT: @aguerosergiokun16 in action during his @argentina__ senior debut against #Brazil in September 2006. #mcfc
  • Of 280 games for City, which has @pablo_zabaleta chosen as his favourite? Find out on now.
  • #mcfc Instagram of the Day 536: Duty calls
  • Where does this Niclas Jensen stunner rank in our countdown of #mcfc's top volleys? Find out now
  • @aguerosergiokun16 to wear iconic no.10 shirt in Messi's absence.

Full story on now.
  • Our @premierleague Player of the Season so far? @fernandinho has a very good case!

Read the evidence in our Stats Focus on now!
  • It's that time again! Who gets your vote for @etihadairways Player of the Month?
  • #MCFC Instagram of the Day 535: Three Amigos
  • #MCFC Instagram of the Day 534: Surprise!
  • The musical story of #cityvnufc... City Beats now live on
  • How well do you know @aguerosergiokun16? Check out for ten facts you may not have known...
  • The Navas Effect! How @jnavas15 changed the game on Saturday. Read about this and more #cityvnufc Talking Point now on
  • After @aguerosergiokun16's fantastic five on Saturday, enjoy his top 10 City goals now on!
  • Highlights of #mcfc's 6-1 win over Newcastle live now on - enjoy!
  • #MCFC Instagram of the Day 533: Europe, ahoy!
  • What a day! Can you spot yourself in our fan gallery from the Newcastle game alongside @onedirection star @louist91? 
View all the snaps on now
  • #mcfc Instagram of the Day 532: Kun-believable!
  • @louist91 was guest of #mcfc legend Paul Dickov at today's game. #cityvnufc
  • Five star @aguerosergiokun16! Full time at the Etihad - #mcfc 6-1 Newcastle. What a game! #cityvnufc
  • Just wow. #cityvnufc #mcfc
  • Plenty to build on in the second half thanks to @aguerosergiokun16 equaliser. 1-1 at half time. #cityvnufc #mcfc

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