Pablo César Aguilar

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Pablo Aguilar
Player wearing white shirt, looking and focusing to thier left.
Aguilar in 2016
Personal information
Full name Pablo César Aguilar Benítez[1]
Date of birth (1987-04-02) 2 April 1987 (age 32)
Place of birth Luque, Paraguay
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)[2]
Playing position Centre back
Club information
Current team
Cruz Azul
Number 2
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2007 Sportivo Luqueño 82 (8)
2008–2009 Colón 34 (3)
2009–2013 San Luis 31 (2)
2010–2011Arsenal de Sarandí (loan) 32 (2)
2011–2012Sportivo Luqueño (loan) 18 (0)
2012–2013Tijuana (loan) 32 (6)
2013 Tijuana 17 (1)
2014–2017 América 135 (15)
2018 Tijuana 20 (0)
2018– Cruz Azul 24 (3)
National team
2007– Paraguay 28 (4)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 04:16, 13 January 2019 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 6 September 2016

Pablo César Aguilar Benítez (born 2 April 1987) is a Paraguayan footballer currently playing as a defender for Liga MX club Cruz Azul and the Paraguay national team.

From March to July 2017, Aguilar served a ten-match suspension after head-butting a referee.

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Aguilar won the Paraguayan Primera División title with his first club, Sportivo Luqueño, in 2007. He then transferred to Argentine Primera División side Colón de Santa Fe, where he played for one year. Subsequently, Aguilar played for San Luis of the Mexican Primera División, before joining Argentine Primera's side Arsenal de Sarandí.[3]


In 2012, Aguilar was sent on loan to Club Tijuana. He started in 20 matches for the club during the Apertura tournament, which Tijuana won, defeating Toluca in the final, even scoring one of the goals himself.


On 18 December 2013, it was announced that Aguilar was transferred to Club América, with the announcement being made on the club's Twitter account. On 8 March 2017, during the Copa MX round-of-16 match against Tijuana, Aguilar headbutted referee Fernando Hernández. Despite initially being given a ten-game suspension, a strike by the referee's association protesting the punishments of Aguilar and Enrique Triverio of Toluca[4] ultimately led to a revised year-long ban for Aguilar from any official football activity.[5][6] On 31 March, it was reported that both Aguilar and Triverio would appeal their bans to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.[7]

Cruz Azul[edit]

In the summer of 2018, Aguilar officially became a player for Cruz Azul. On July 21, 2018, Aguilar debuted in a 3-0 victory against Puebla and played the 90 minutes.

International career[edit]

As of 3 June 2015, Aguilar has played in 22 games with the Paraguay national team, scoring four times. He scored his first goal on 17 October 2012 in the 1–0 victory against Peru.

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Paraguay's goal tally first.
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 17 October 2012 Estadio Defensores del Chaco, Asunción  Peru 1–0 1–0 2014 World Cup qualifier
2. 15 November 2012 Estadio Feliciano Cáceres, Luque  Guatemala 2–0 3–1 Friendly
3. 3–1
4. 6 February 2013 Estadio Dr. Nicolás Léoz, Asunción  El Salvador 1–0 3–0 Friendly

Personal life[edit]

In 2015, Aguilar became a naturalized Mexican citizen.[8]



Sportivo Luqueño
Cruz Azul


  1. ^ "FIFA Club World Cup Japan 2015 presented by Alibaba E-Auto: List of Players" (PDF). p. 2. Retrieved 3 December 2015.
  2. ^ Cite error: The named reference Liga MX was invoked but never defined (see the help page).
  3. ^ "Pablo Aguilar acordó su incorporación a Arsenal de Sarandí". Noticias Paraguayas NP (in Spanish). 19 July 2010. Archived from the original on 24 August 2010. Retrieved 21 July 2010.
  4. ^ "Árbitros atribuyen huelga a sanciones contra Aguilar y Triverio" [Referees attribute strike to sanctions against Aguilar and Triverio] (in Spanish). Diario Récord. Retrieved 11 March 2017.
  5. ^ "Mexico footballers get stiffer sanctions after protest". BBC. Retrieved 14 March 2017.
  6. ^ "Liga MX hands Aguilar, Triverio yearlong suspensions, paving was for refs to return". Retrieved 13 March 2017.
  7. ^ "Pablo Aguilar apelará su sanción ante el TAS" [Pablo Aguilar to appeal his ban to CAS] (in Spanish). Marca. 31 March 2017. Retrieved 12 April 2017.
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