Former Argentine international Pablo Aimar today signed a contract with Malaysian club Johor Darul Takzim, making him one of the biggest foreign names to ever join a team in the Southeast Asian country.
Aimar signed for two years - with an option to extend for another three - in a ceremony at a stadium in southern Johor state, a football official said. The club declined to reveal the contract's value but said the 33-year-old attacking midfielder was the "highest ever paid foreign player to have ever graced Malaysian football".
Aimar has earned 52 international caps and was an important member of Argentina's 2002 and 2006 FIFA World Cup™ squads. He also has had a successful club career, first with Argentine giants River Plate, and later Spanish top-tier teams Valencia, Real Zaragoza and most recently Portugal's Benfica.
Johor Darul Takzim finished last season in third place. Malaysia allows two foreign players per team though this is expected to increase to three next year, according to football officials.