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Ex-Man City, West Ham defender Zabaleta announces retirement

Former Manchester City and West Ham defender Pablo Zabaleta has announced his retirement from football at the age of 35.

He confirmed he will be hanging up his boots in a Twitter message posted on Friday.

Zabaleta said: "After 18 years as a professional footballer I took the decision to retire from playing football.

"These have been wonderful years that gave me the opportunity to enjoy unique and unforgettable moments.

"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 a lot of emotions I leave behind one of the best stages of my life. Thank you from the bottom of my heart."

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