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Football: Johor Darul Takzim sign Aimar in biggest-ever deal in M'sia for foreign player

Published on Sep 14, 2013 6:39 PM
 
Former Argentina national squad football player Pablo Aimar (right) holds up his new jersey with president of the Johor Darul Takzim football club, Mr Tengku Ismail, after signing a contract with Malaysian club Johor Darul Takzim on Saturday. The deal makes him one of the biggest foreign names to join a Malaysian football team. -- PHOTO: AFP

KUALA LUMPUR (AFP) - Former Argentinian international Pablo Aimar signed a contract with Malaysian club Johor Darul Takzim on Saturday, making him one of the biggest foreign names to join a Malaysian football team.

Aimar signed for two years, with an option to extend for another three. Club officials declined to reveal the contract's value, but said the 33-year-old attacking midfielder was the "highest-ever paid foreign player to have ever graced Malaysian football".

Aimar has earned 52 international caps and was an important member of Argentina's 2002 and 2006 World Cup squads. He also has had a successful club career, first with Argentine giants River Plate, and later Spanish top-tier teams Valencia, Real Zaragoza and most recently Portugal's Benfica.

Johor Darul Takzim finished the last Malaysian Super League season in third place.