Manchester City's Pablo Zabaleta vs. Everton's Leighton Baines: Who's Better?

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Manchester City's Pablo Zabaleta vs. Everton's Leighton Baines: Who's Better?
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Zabaleta blossomed the past two seasons under Roberto Mancini. Will that continue with Manuel Pellegrini at the helm?

Manchester City right back Pablo Zabaleta and Everton left back Leighton Baines are among the best in the Premier League at their respective positions.

If you don't believe me, ask ESPN.com's David Hirshey.

ESPN.com's preeminent soccer pundit (with apologies to Roger Bennett) and writing cohort Paul Kanarek put both men in their 2012-2013 Prem Best XI.

About Zabaleta, Hirshey and Kanarek noted that after biding time behind then-phenom Micah Richards at City, now "Zabaleta is a permanent fixture and even wears the armband when Kompany goes down."

As for Baines, Hirshey and Kanarek observed that Baines "is a worthy inheritor of the Best English Fullback mantle worn for so many years by Ashley Cole."

Choosing between these two will not be easy.

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