Javier Pastore is an Argentine footballer who plays for French giants Paris Saint-Germain and the Argentina national football team. Signing for Paris Saint-Germain in 2011 for Ã¢â€šÂ¬39.8 million Pastore is renowned for his creativity, passing and playmaking abilities.
Born on the 20th of June 1989 Pastore began his club career at Talleres in 2007. 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. 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. 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.
On 11 July 2009 Palermo formally announced the signing of Pastore for five years until 30 June 2014, with the transfer fee being about Ã¢â€šÂ¬4.7 million. 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. His debut was on 15 August in the Coppa Italia, while his debut in Serie A was eight days later. He scored his first Serie A goal on 30 January 2010 in a 2-4 away defeat to Bari. In 2010 Pastore won the Serie A Young Footballer of the Year award. On 6 August 2011, Paris Saint-Germain formally announced the signing of Pastore, wearing the number 27. Pastore scored his first goal in a Ligue 1 match against Stade Brest in a 1-0 win on 11 September 2011.
Following a series 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. His official debut was against Canada on 25 May 2010 and Pastore was included by Maradona in Argentina's 23-man squad for the 2010 FIFA World Cup.