Pablo Zabaleta leaves football

Argentine Pablo Zabaleta announced this Friday that he is hanging up his boots and leaving professional football. At 36 years of age and a few months after leaving West Ham (last June), the veteran Argentine full-back ends his long professional career.

The former defender of Manchester City or Espanyol, among many other teams, in addition to being an international with Argentina's absolute, is retiring after a prolific and successful career.

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A fierce winger with a lot of growth and leadership both on and off the pitch, Zabaleta has always left an important mark on the clubs where he has passed, both in Argentina, Spain and England. The messages with expressions of affection and recognition of footballers who shared a dressing room with the Argentine or of rivals, have followed a few minutes after Zabaleta announced through his official twitter account, that he was leaving football.