The Espanyol man has been selected ahead of the likes of the fellow Spaniard and Manchester City's club-record signing Kevin De Bruyne, in a side laden with Argentine class
Club colleague Joe Hart is handed the nod in between the sticks after the full-back hailed him as "a fantastic goalkeeper" and "one of the best I have ever seen."
Barcelona's Javier Mascherano is then handed a lone role in defence, despite not being a natural centre-back, selecting him ahead of City captain Vincent Kompany.
The 31-year-old named Ivan del la Pena as a surprise inclusion in his midfield, placing his former Espanyol team-mate in the side due to his "passing, feet and vision" with the ball.
Argentina duo Lionel Messi and Sergio Aguero are then given the task of leading the line up front in a prolific attack.
Zabaleta said: "You all know Lionel Messi. He is fast, quick, he is a dribbler, he is a finisher. He is a fantastic player and one of the best in the world.
"And then Sergio Aguero - I have known him for many years. He is a great player, great striker. He is in a great moment. Playing Sergio up front is really easy.
"You don't have any chance to beat that team for sure!"