Wishing @pablo_zabaleta a very happy birthday!
Hope you have a great day, Zaba! pic.twitter.com/l4DeeaNWop
— West Ham United (@WestHam) January 16, 2020
The mocking began as soon as the club Tweeted early on Thursday morning to wish the Argentine many happy returns with a video celebrating his best bits at London Stadium thus far, including the strike that got David Moyes’ men on the way in the FA Cup just a couple of weeks ago.
Of course, the jokes centred around Zabaleta’s age with supporters wishing him a happy 40th, 50th and even 72nd birthday and one questioning whether he’s retired yet.
Despite stating that he wishes to leave England at the end of 2019/2020, the right-back has made no announcement about retirement yet, meaning one fan’s desire that he’ll get a new contract is still technically a possibility.
You can see the pick of the humorous Tweets, below…
Only 72 today – many happy returns
— Harry (@jth100000) January 16, 2020
is he retired yet
— Lucas ⚒ (@whuIucas) January 16, 2020
Happy 40th Birthday. Hope you get a new contract!
— lockylockwood (@jasonlock87) January 16, 2020
— Mark Lighterness ⚒ (@MrMarkyWHU) January 16, 2020
Happy 80th birthday @pablo_zabaleta
— ⚒️ ⚒️ #GSBOUT (@COYI_Joe) January 16, 2020
Happy 50th Zab ⚒️ Legend #WHUFC
— Danny Alborough (@DannyAlborough) January 16, 2020