What happened to Pablo Aimar, the idol of Lionel Messi?

To speak of Pablo Aimar is to refer to one of the most talented attacking midfielders in the history of Argentine soccer. He had a privileged technique and had a vision of the game that put him at a superlative level as soon as he stepped on the pitch. Aimar could play as an attacking midfielder and he also used to do it as a left or right winger.

Pablo Cesar Aimar Giordano

He began his training as a professional footballer in the lower forces of River Plate until he made his debut with the first team in 1996. Aimar had two stages with the “Millionaire”, the first from 1996 to 2000 and the second in 2015 before his retirement. After his consolidation in Argentina, Aimar began his long cycle in Europe in 2001 after serving in Valencia and Real Zaragoza in Spain, as well as Benfica in Portugal. He would also try his luck in the exotic Malaysian league with Johor Darul Takzim.

Among his awards stand out: five league titles and a South American Super Cup with River Plate; in Valencia he won two league championships, a Europa League and a European Super Cup; with Benfica he won a league title and four editions of the Portuguese League Cupwhile in Malaysia he won the local championship with Johor Darul Takzim.


After his retirement as a professional soccer player, Aimar decided to continue linked to this discipline from the bench and has acted as coach of the Argentina U-17 team and assistant coach in the U-20. He currently serves as an assistant in the Argentine national team, which is currently directed by Lionel Scaloni.

The ‘Payasito’ Aimar had a lot of experience in the national team during his time as a player and his role is decisive with the Albiceleste today. Aimar played with Argentina in the 2002 and 2006 World Cups, as well as the 2005 Confederations Cup and the 1999 and 2007 Copa América.