Former Manchester City and Argentina global right-back Pablo Zabaleta has retired from football after a professional career spanning nearly two decades.
Zabaleta then spent three seasons at West Ham before leaving back in July when his contract expired. They have been wonderful years where I was able to enjoy unique and unforgettable moments.
"After 18 years as a professional I have made the decision to quit football".
'Forever I will thank all the people that shared the journey with me; clubs, teammates, coaches and in particular my family and all my friends. "With great emotion, I say goodbye to one of the best stages that life gave me", says the Zabaleta statement.
His good performances in Cornellá led him to sign for the Manchester City in 2008.
Zabaleta was a favourite of City fans and the club's manager Pep Guardiola called him a "legend" when he joined West Ham in 2017. Thank you very much!
Zabaleta, who played in the 2014 World Cup final for Argentina and earned 58 caps, joined City on August 31, 2008, a day before they were taken over by Abu Dhabi United Group which ushered in an era of unprecedented success for the north-west club.
A victor of Olympic gold in 2008, Zabaleta won 58 senior caps for Argentina and was part of the side that finished runners-up at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
The defender lifted two titles at the Etihad Stadium as well as the FA Cup and EFL Cup twice.
He represented his country at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil as well as the 2011 and 2015 Copa America tournaments.