VCF - Cel


Valencia CF vs Celtic

Feb, 21 / 18:55 Matchday 8

Actualidad del Valencia C.F.
January, 24 2018

Aimar’s final farewell sees one last bit of magic

Pablo Aimar has retired. The former Valencia CF player fulfilled his promise to play with his brother Andrés, wearing the shirt of Estudiantes de Río Cuarto (the equivalent of the Spanish Third Division), and with his family in the stands, emotional at the prospect of seeing him fulfil his dream of retiring where it all began.

He was one of the greatest players of all time, as Messi has recognised, naming his compatriot as one of his idols, as he was at Mestalla. Aimar arrived in the January transfer window in the 2000/01 season from River Plate and after shining on his debut against Manchester United in the Champions League, he was a key part of winning two LaLiga titles (2001/02 and 2003/04) a UEFA Cup (2003/04) and a European SuperCup (2004/05). He made 216 Valencia appearances, scoring 34 goals.

In early September 2017 he received an ovation at Mestalla, having become Argentina under-17 coach, but to fulfil his father Ricardo’s dream, he put his boots on one more time at 38 years of age to retire for good, playing for his hometown team against Sportivo Belgrano in the Copa Argentina. Aimar played 50 minutes, with the stadium full, as captain and wearing the number 10 shirt. Without doubt, it was a night that the man from Río Cuarto will never forget. His hometown enjoyed one last dose of magic from “Payito” Aimar on the pitch.