It was his last game at Etihad Stadium, the last time he put on City’s jersey to play in front of their fans at home, he came in about half an hour from time, and it felt as if… the seats as well got up to applaud him.
It’s probably the hardest moment of my City career. It was so hard to play for half an hour, so many emotional moments. The good memories came to my mind
Pablo Zabaleta told Sky Sports right after City’s 3-1 win over West Brom, admitting that
when I first came to Manchester I never thought it would be that long to be honest. It was a different era for the club.
Zabaleta joined City in 2008, being one of the first players who signed for the club after Sheikh Mansour took over.
I’ve been here from day one and I feel very honoured to be honest. It’s been a wonderful nine years. In life sometimes you have to make tough decisions. I want to make the right decision for myself, for my family and for the club. It’s the right time for me to move on but, believe me, I love this club
the Argentine said, before thanking “the fans, the board, and everyone at the club, for making me a better player and a better person”.