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Javier Pastore
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Pastore with Paris Saint-Germain in 2013
Personal information
Full name Javier Matías Pastore
Date of birth (1989-06-20) 20 June 1989 (age 26)
Place of birth Córdoba, Argentina
Height 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Attacking midfielder
Club information
Current team
Paris Saint-Germain
Number 27
Youth career
2002–2007 Talleres
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007–2008 Talleres 5 (0)
2008–2009 Huracán 31 (8)
2009–2011 Palermo 69 (14)
2011– Paris Saint-Germain 131 (23)
National team
2010– Argentina 25 (2)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 16 August 2015.
† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 5 July 2015

Javier Matías Pastore (born 20 June 1989) is an Argentine footballer who plays for Ligue 1 club Paris Saint-Germain and the Argentina national football team as an attacking midfielder.

He started his career with Talleres and then Huracán in his native Argentina before moving to Serie A team Palermo in 2009 for a fee of reported €4.7 million.[1] In 2011 Ligue 1 side Paris Saint-Germain bought him for a reported €39.8 million.[1]

Club career

Early life

Javier Pastore was born in Córdoba in an Italian-Argentine family originally from Volvera, in the province of Turin.[2]

He started his career in the youth system of the Argentine club Talleres. Pastore slowly worked his way up to the first team. In 2007, he made his debut in the Argentine second division under the wing of manager Ricardo Gareca. In 2007, he only managed to play five games.

Huracán

During the 2008 season, he was loaned to Huracán of the Argentine Primera. Pastore made his professional debut for Huracán on 24 May 2008 in a 1–0 loss with River Plate. In the 2009 Clausura championship, he established himself as a regular first team player for the club under the management of Ángel Cappa. This was his breakthrough tournament, where his side narrowly missed out on the championship title. His performance against River Plate was particularly lauded where he opened the scoring with a 25-yard shot and then scored again with a piece of individual brilliance helping Huracán win 4–0 in the club's biggest win against River Plate in over 60 years. He ended up as the team's top scorer with seven goals and three assists. Pastore and teammate Matías De Federico were integral to Huracán's title challenge that season.

Palermo

On 11 July 2009 Palermo formally announced the signing of Pastore for five years until 30 June 2014, with the transfer fee being about €4.7 million.[1][3][4] Before his move to Palermo, the player was also linked to number of other top European clubs, including Manchester United, FC Porto, AC Milan, and Chelsea.[5]

His debut was on 15 August in the Coppa Italia, while his debut in Serie A was eight days later. His breakthrough game was on 4 October against Juventus, when he assisted Edinson Cavani's goal in a 2–0 win, appearing in all the websites and national newspapers. He scored his first Serie A goal on 30 January 2010 in a 2–4 away defeat to Bari. In his first season at Palermo, Pastore proved himself as being a promising but inexperienced youngster, playing mostly as a second-half substitute under head coaches Walter Zenga and, later, Delio Rossi.

He then established himself as a regular under the tutelage of Rossi, playing usually in a role behind the regular striking duo of Fabrizio Miccoli and Edinson Cavani. Thanks to his performances, all praised by fans and pundits, Palermo finished off the season in 5th place, qualifying for the Europa League. In the 2010–11 season, on 14 November, Pastore scored his first career hat-trick in a derby match against Catania.[6] On 30 July 2011, Palermo president Maurizio Zamparini revealed that a fee had been agreed over Javier Pastore's transfer to PSG.[7]

Paris Saint-Germain

Pastore with PSG in August 2011

On 6 August 2011, Paris Saint-Germain formally announced the signing of Pastore, wearing the number 27.[8] The transfer fee throughout was €39.8 million.[1] However due to third-party ownership by his agent Marcelo Simonian, which would received €12.5 million (not known it included agent fee or not)[1] and Palermo announced through its website, said the club only received €22.8 million.[9]

The president of Palermo, Maurizio Zamparini, had started the legal action,[1] despite FIGC did not allowed any Italian club formed any agreement with third parties, which Zamparini risked a sports punishment for himself.[10]

Pastore scored his first goal in a Ligue 1 match against Stade Brest in a 1–0 win on 11 September 2011.

International career

Following a string of good performances in his first season at Italian Serie A level, Argentina head coach Diego Maradona called up Pastore for national squad duty against a Catalan representative team for an unofficial friendly game on 22 December 2009. Pastore made his debut as a second-half substitute, scoring a goal in the process. As the game was not a FIFA recognised representative game, Pastore did not receive a cap.

He was subsequently called up by Maradona again for a friendly game against Germany, but did not get onto the pitch. His official debut was against Canada on 25 May 2010. Pastore was included by Maradona in Argentina's 23-man squad for the 2010 FIFA World Cup.[11] On 22 June, Pastore made his World Cup debut when he came on the pitch in the 77th minute against Greece, replacing Sergio Agüero. Argentina won the match 2–0.[12] On 27 June, he was again substituted on against Mexico in the 87th minute, this time replacing Maxi Rodríguez. Argentina won the match 3–1.[13]

Pastore was selected by coach Gerardo Martino for the 2015 Copa América[14] and started in the team's opening fixture against Paraguay in La Serena.[15] At the semi-final stage, Pastore scored the team's second goal and assisted Ángel Di María for the third as Argentina defeated Paraguay 6–1 to reach the 2015 Copa América Final.[16]

Style of play

An elegant, creative, and technically gifted advanced playmaker, Pastore is capable of playing in several offensive roles, due to his ability to both score and create goals. Although he is usually deployed as an attacking midfielder due to his vision, passing, and striking ability from distance, he is also capable of functioning as a winger, as a supporting striker, or even as a forward, and has also been deployed in deeper midfield roles on occasion, due to his workrate and physical attributes.[17][18][19] A talented, strong, quick, and hardworking right-footed player,[19] his playing style has drawn comparisons to Kakà, Zinedine Zidane, Zlatan Ibrahimović, and Enzo Francescoli, although Pastore has stated that his main influence is compatriot Juan Román Riquelme.[17][20][21] Nicknamed El Flaco, due to his tall, slender build, in 2010 Don Balón named him as one of the 100 best young players in the world born after 1989.[17][22]

Career statistics

Club

As of 18 April 2015.[23]
Club Season League Cup[nb 1] Europe[nb 2] Total
Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists
Huracán 2008–09 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
2008–09 30 8 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 30 8 4
Total 31 8 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 31 8 4
Palermo 2009–10 34 3 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 35 3 5
2010–11 35 11 5 3 2 1 6 1 1 44 14 7
Total 69 14 10 4 2 1 6 1 1 79 17 12
Paris Saint-Germain 2011–12 33 13 6 3 1 0 7 2 2 43 16 8
2012–13 34 4 10 4 2 1 10 3 2 48 9 13
2013–14 29 1 3 6 1 1 6 1 0 41 3 4
2014–15 28 5 8 6 1 1 9 0 1 43 6 10
Total 124 23 27 19 5 3 32 6 5 175 34 35
Career totals 224 45 14 23 7 4 38 7 6 285 59 51

International

As of match played 30 June 2015[24]