Manchester City favourite Pablo Zabaleta said his time at the club had been a ‘dream’ after his farewell appearance on Tuesday, citing victory over Manchester United as a personal highlight.
Argentinian right-back Zabaleta, 32, will leave City at the end of the season and made his 333rd appearance in the club’s colours in their 3-1 victory over West Bromwich Albion at the Etihad Stadium.
He was honoured in a post-match ceremony, during which he picked dramatically winning the Premier League in 2012 and beating United in the FA Cup semi-finals in 2011 as his favourite moments.
‘As a football player and as a football fan, it was a dream to come to the Premier League,’ Zabaleta told appreciative supporters at the Etihad.
‘I said to my girlfriend, now my wife, ‘Let me go to Manchester. I will enjoy it. It will be only for three or four years.’ So I’ll have to say sorry -- it’s been nine years!
‘My favourite moments were when we beat Manchester United in the semi-final at Wembley and the first Premier League we won with Sergio Aguero’s goal. The fans had waited so long and we did it in a City way.’
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