Pablo Jabalita spent nine years at Manchester City and played 333 matches.AFP
Former Manchester City and Argentina defender Pablo Jabalita announced his retirement on Friday. Zabalita left West Ham at the end of last season and decided to bring down the curtain on a successful career of 18 years. The full-back full-back joined the city from Espanyol in the 200’s and played his part in an era of unprecedented glory for a Premier League club. Zabalita spent nine years in the city, playing 333 matches and helping them win the Premier League in 2011-12 and 2011-14-1-14.
Capted 58 times by Argentina, Zabalita won the FA Cup in 2011 and the League Cup in 2014 and 2016.
The city of Zabaleta was a favorite of fans, and when he joined West Ham in 201’s, club manager Pep Guardiola called it a “legend”.
He made appearances for the hammer and was given an extension at the end of the 201 campaign-20 disbandment campaign, but an injury prevented him from accepting.
“After 18 years as a professional footballer, I decided to retire from playing football. These are wonderful years that have given me the opportunity to enjoy unique and unforgettable moments,” Jabalita wrote on Twitter.
“Forever, I am grateful to all the people who traveled with me, the club, the teammates, the coaches and especially my family and all my friends.
“With so many emotions, I leave behind a great stage in my life. Thank you from the bottom of my heart!”