City’s Argentine defender, Pablo Zabaleta, has been awarded the Etihad Player of the Month for December after a string of fine displays at right-back. Zabaleta won by a considerable distance, polling 63% of the vote.
Zaba beat fellow countryman Sergio Aguero into second, David Silva into third and Yaya Toure and Gareth Barry into fourth and fifth, respectively. It’s Zabaleta’s first Etihad Player of the Month award since the prize was established last season. When the votes of the other four players were combined, it was still way short of Zabaleta’s total, meaning this was one of the most comprehensive victories in the award’s history.
It’s a fitting tribute to arguably our best player this season, and one of the favourites of the City following.