Pablo Cesar Aimar (born November 3, 1979 in Rio
Cuarto, Argentina) is an Argentina|Argentinian
football (soccer)|football player, who currently
plays attacking midfielder for Valencia
CF|Valencia of the Spanish Liga.
Aimar began his ascent to stardom with CA River
Plate|River Plate, whose first team he joined for
the 1997/8 season after rejecting a place at
medical school, and with whom he quickly
established himself as one of the best young
players in Argentina.
Valencia signed Aimar in 2001, at a price of 24
million Euros. The purchase proved justified,
however, as Aimar helped lead the team to a
first-place finish in the 2001/2 Spanish season,
as well as to a 2001 Champions League final, in
which they were defeated by Bayern Munich. Aimar
also has won the UEFA Cup with Valencia, defeating
Olympique Marseille in 2004.
Aimar played for Argentina national football
team|Argentina in the Football World Cup 2002|2002
World Cup. He is nicknamed "El Payaso", the Clown.
Other nicknames include "El Cai", "El Pibe" and