Pablo Zabaleta has spent an incredible nine years with the Blues, however now it seems his playing career with the club is all but over. Zabaleta will play his final home game for the club tomorrow evening against West Brom, in what is set to be a rather emotional night for all City fans across the world.
Zabaleta signed for the club in 2008 and made his debut against Chelsea with fellow debutante, Robinho. Ever since his debut Zabaleta has always been a fan favourite. The Argentinian embraced what it was like to be a ‘Manc’, what it meant to wear the sky blue of City and everything else in between.
During the 2012/13 season – the season after City incredible title win – Zabaleta was voted as Manchester City’s player of the year by fans. Talking about that special title winning season, how can we forget Zabaleta’s goal on the final game of the season in 2012.
In what was an incredibly nervy opening half an hour, Pablo Zabaleta of all people stepped up firing the Blues 1-0 up 39 minutes into the first-half. The rest of that game, however, is history…….
Pablo’s love for the city and the club was well documented, and you’d be hard pushed to find another football as enthusiastic and passionate about his club.
In a recent interview, Pablo had this to say about the club,“I looked at myself as a player who has worked hard for the team over the years, always trying to give everything off the pitch as well as on it. A big club is made by people. That’s why my love for this club is amazing, it’s too much, and it will be forever. I have spent nine years here so when you are at one club that long this is the feeling you get.”
Rightfully so Zabaleta will get a tremendous send off on Tuesday night. And even if he does end up at West Ham, you can be assured that will always be a Blue. He will ultimately join the likes of; Trautmann, Bell, Goater, Kinkladze, Doyle, Brook, Lee, Swift and a whole host of other City legends. His name will not only go down in the history books as a City legend but a two-time Premier League winner, two-time League Cup winner and an FA Cup winner.
In a time where loyalty and passion is a thing of the past within football, Zabaleta encapsulated everything it really meant to be one. For everything you have done for the club, and I’m sure you will continue to do, from everyone here at IMC and City fans around the world. We salute you Pablo Zabaleta, the hardest Argentinian we know.