|Date of birth||29 January 1983|
|Place of birth||Naples, Italy|
|Height||1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)|
|2002–2003||→ Lumezzane (loan)||25||(1)|
|2005||→ Atalanta (loan)||6||(0)|
|2005–2006||→ Bari (loan)||36||(8)|
|2012||→ Nocerina (loan)||5||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
Pagano started his career at Atalanta. He made his Serie A debut on 17 June 2001 against Juventus F.C.. He played a few more Serie A games for Atalanta in October 2003, after he was returned from loan to Lumezzane of the third division in 2002–03 Serie C1.
In January 2004, he was signed by fellow Serie A club U.C. Sampdoria on loan with option to co-own the player, which the club did in June 2004, for €500,000. He scored his first Serie A goal against A.S. Roma, which gave the team a 1-0 lead, but the game ended in 1-1 draw after Francesco Totti scored a penalty 3 minutes later, in 2004–05 Serie A. He was loaned back to Atalanta in January 2005. Atalanta were relegated at the end of the season, so Pagano went on loan to Bari instead of staying with the Nerazzurri.
In June 2006, Sampdoria bought Atalanta's rights in a blind auction between the two clubs, for €205,000. But he was sold to Rimini in a co-ownership deal in July 2006 for €400,000. With Rimini, Pagano played regularly and finished 5th and 7th with the team in his first 2 seasons; his performance also made the club bought him outright in the end of the first season in June 2007 for €220,000. But in the third season, Rimini failed to win the relegation playoffs against A.C. Ancona, and subsequently got relegated back to Lega Pro 1st Div. (ex–Serie C1) after being promoted 4 years ago. Pagano took part in the playoffs.
In July 2009, he was signed by Reggina of Serie B, who had recently been relegated from Serie A, in a co-ownership deal. In June 2010 Reggina acquired the remain 50% registration rights from Rimini .
Lega Pro clubs
In 2014, he was signed by third level club U.S. Grosseto F.C.. He spent the first half of the season in Eccellenza Tuscany club Ponsacco. On 5 July 2014 Pagano was signed by Catanzaro. On 22 January 2015 he joined Lucchese.
Pagano took part in 2000 UEFA European Under-16 Football Championship qualifying. (now renamed to under-17 with same age limit) He was also capped for Italy U17 (equivalent to current U18), U20 and Italy U21 team.
- VILLAGATTI, DI PAOLA e PAGANO, tris d'assi per il GHIVIBORGO‚ toscanagol.it, 28 June 2017
- U.C. Sampdoria S.p.A. (financial report and accounts) on 31 December 2006 (in Italian), PDF purchased from Italian C.C.I.A.A.
- Atalanta S.p.A. (financial report and accounts) on 30 June 2006 (in Italian), PDF purchased from Italian C.C.I.A.A.
- U.C. Sampdoria S.p.A. (financial report and accounts) on 31 December 2007 (in Italian), PDF purchased from Italian C.C.I.A.A.
- "Ceduto Pagano" (in Italian). Rimini Calcio FC. 2009-07-19. Retrieved 2009-08-01.[dead link]
- "Pagano al Livorno" (in Italian). Reggina Calcio. 14 July 2010. Retrieved 24 September 2013.
- Torino FC SpA Report and Accounts on 31 December 2011 (in Italian)
- Torino FC SpA Report and Accounts on 31 December 2012 (in Italian)
- "DAFFARA E PAGANO IN GIALLOROSSO" (in Italian). U.S. Catanzaro 1929. 5 July 2014. Retrieved 13 November 2015.
- "UFFICIALE: SCUFFIA, DI CHIARA E PAGANO LASCIANO IL CATANZARO" (in Italian). U.S. Catanzaro 1929. 22 January 2015. Retrieved 13 November 2015.