Pablo Javier Zabaleta Girod (born 16 January 1985) is an Argentine footballer, who plays as a right-back for Manchester City and the Argentina national football team. Zabaleta can operate on both sides of the pitch either as a defender or defensive midfielder and is known for his tenacious style of play. Zabaleta contests the current right-back position with Micah Richards and Maicon. Contents
1 Club career
1.1 San Lorenzo
1.3 Manchester City
2 International career
3 Personal life
4 Career statistics
7 External links
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 Espanyol
Zabaleta was transferred to RCD 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. Manchester City
Pablo Zabaleta in 2009
In the summer of 2008, Zabaleta transferred to Premier League club Manchester City where he is among the fans' favourite players after rejecting an offer from Juventus and stating upon joining that 'the offer of Manchester City is impossible to reject'. Having passed a medical and agreed personal terms, Zabaleta completed a five-year deal with Manchester City on 31 August 2008 for an undisclosed fee, believed to be the buy-out clause Zabaleta had attached to his contract of around £6.45 million. Zabaleta joined a day before Manchester City were bought by the Abu Dhabi...
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