Despite not needing an incentive to win the tournament for the first time since 1986 ahead of Sunday's final against Germany, Zabaleta believes that the hostile receptions they have received from Brazilian supporters does motivate the players.
"It's special for us to play in this country," the Manchester City defender told reporters. "Especially because Brazilian fans have been against Argentina for this World Cup.
"Sometimes, if you have all the people against you, you feel even stronger. I think that we showed that against Holland and we feel very proud to have made the final."
Sunday's match will be the third time the two nations have met in a World Cup final.