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Javier Pastore is a professional football player who represents the national team of Argentina as the attacking midfielder, besides appearing in Ligue 1 team Paris Saint-Germain. Pastore started playing with Talleres and moved to Huracán in Argentina before he moved to Serie A’s Palermo for €4.7 million in 2009. In 2011, Paris Saint-Germain signed him for €39.8 million.
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Pastore is noted for his elegance, creativity and technicality, and is impressive in the offensive position, with amazing skills in scoring and creating goals for his team. But, he usually plays as the attacking midfielder of his team, and this is due to his visual capability, as well as his ability of passing and striking even from a long distance. He has also functioned well as a winger, supporting striker or forward. He has often assumed deeper midfield roles, owing to his physical abilities. He is powerful as a right-footed soccer player. He was touted as one of the top 100 young footballers born in the 90’s, by Don Balón in 2010.
Pastore started playing in the youth programme of Argentine club Talleres in 2002. Gradually, he worked hard enough to reach the first team of the club. He then debuted in the second division of the Argentine team in 2007, with Ricardo Gareca as the manager. He succeeded in appearing in just five matches in that year.
In 2008, Pastore joined the Argentine Primera team Huracán on a loan. He professionally debuted for the team in May 2008 in a match against River Plate which ended in a 1–0 defeat. In Clausura championship 2009, he proved that he is fit to be a regular in the first team under manager Ángel Cappa. This tournament proved to be a breakthrough for him, though his team missed the championship title narrowly. His displays in the face of River Plate were particularly appreciated, as he opened the score book with a shot of 25 yards and went on to score once more as he helped his team earn a 4–0 win, which is considered as the biggest win for the club against River Plate in a matter of more than 60 years. He became the top scorer of the season, scoring seven goals with three assists.
In July 2009 Palermo made a formal announcement that they had signed Pastore for five years till the end of June in 2014, and the transfer fee was considered as €4.7 million. He was linked to a number of teams before his move, including the Chelsea and Manchester United of Premier League, Porto of Primeira Liga, etc.
Pastore made his Coppa Italia debut in August, while his Serie A debut came just a week later. In October, he played in a match against Juventus, which is considered as a breakthrough in his career, as it ended in a 2–0 win for his team. His first Serie A goal was in January 2010 in a match against Bari with a score of 2–4. During his first season at Palermo, he showed great promise, though he was still young and inexperienced.
Pastore soon became a regular. His performances earned him accolades from fans and critics, and his team managed to end the season in the fifth place on the table, as they qualified for Europa League. In 2010–11, Pastore made his first hat-trick in a November derby match facing Catania. In July 2011, Maurizio Zamparini, Palermo’s president, revealed that the team had agreed upon a fee for the transfer of the player to Paris Saint-Germain.
In August 2011, it was formally announced that Paris Saint-Germain had signed Pastore, with a transfer fee of €39.8 million. But, because of the third-party ownership that led agent Marcelo Simonian to get €12.5 million, the amount received by the club was announced online as €22.8 million out of the total fee. Maurizio Zamparini, the president of the club, took a legal action, even though they were prohibited by the FIGC from entering an ownership agreement with any third party.
Pastore’s first goal was in a Ligue 1 game Stade Brestois in September 2011, which ended in a 1–0 win. In his first season with the team, he scored 13 goals in 33 games of the league. The next year, he played in 34 league matches, as his team emerged victorious in the first one out of the four consecutive titles of Ligue 1. He made his first Champions League goal in a match against FC Dynamo Kyiv in September 2012, which ended in a 4–1 win for PSG.
Pastore’s 50 appearances in 2014-15 helped his team win a domestic quadruple i.e. Ligue 1, Coupe de France, Coupe de la Ligue and Trophée des Champions. He missed a lot of 2015-16, because of his injuries, but was a member of PSG’s starting lineup in Le Classique in the face of Olympique de Marseille, assisting Edinson Cavani in a match that ended in a score of 5–1 in February 2017. He also scored the opening goal, and made an assist against Ligue 2’s Chamois Niortias, winning the match with a score of 2–0, as his team went to the quarter-finals in Coupe de France of 2016-17. In March 2017, Pastore made assists for both goals in the 2-1 win in Ligue 1 over Olympique Lyonnais. In May 2017, Pastore played in a 1-0 win against Angers in Coupe de France 2017’s Final.
After several great displays in his first season in Serie A, he got a call-up from manager Diego Maradona to unofficially appear in the friendly against the Argentine national team in December 2009. Pastore scored a goal in his debut match. However, as it was not recognised by FIFA, he did not get a cap. Maradona eventually called him again to appear in a friendly against Germany, but he did not appear in the match.
He debuted officially against Canada in May 2010, and he eventually became part of the 23-player squad for World Cup 2010. In June, he debuted in the World Cup against Greece. Argentina succeeded in winning the match with a score of 2–0. Manager Gerardo Martino selected Pastore for Copa América 2015, as he appeared in the first match against Paraguay. During the semi-finals, Pastore made the second goal for the team, and made an assist to Ángel Di María as Argentina won over Paraguay with a score of 6–1.
Pastore was born in a city called Córdoba in the centre of Argentina. He belongs to an Italian-Argentine family which originates in Volvera, Turin. Javier also has a brother named Juan. He was born and raised a Catholic. He is in a relationship with Italian TV presenter Chiara Picone, and the two have a daughter together, named Martina.
Pastore’s current market value is £16.2 million, as of 2018. His highest market value was £28 million, which he acquired in 2011 when he was still at Palmero.
Pastore has grabbed the attention of the football world with his contributions to the sport, and to the performances of his teams. With his clubs and the national team, he has earned many titles. His contributions and skills in the sport have been recognized with individual awards which include the Serie A Young Footballer of the Year of 2010 and Ligue 1 UNFP Team of the Year for 2014–15 season.