Pablo Aimar set to be MSL's highest-paid foreign player

Pablo Aimar set to be MSL's highest-paid foreign player
Pablo Aimar shaking hands with Tunku Ismail Ibrahim, president of the Johor Darul Takzim football club, after his contract signing in Johor Baru.

This year, it was Daniel Guiza; next year, it will be Pablo Aimar.

Malaysian Super League (MSL) side Johor Darul Takzim have continued their big-spending ways by capturing the attacking midfielder Aimar, who turned out for Argentina in the 2002 and 2006 World Cup Finals.

After months of speculation surrounding his arrival, the 33-year-old was finally unveiled on Saturday in a press conference at the club's Larkin Stadium ground.

"Having Pablo is the icing on the cake for the Johor DT team next season," said the state's crown prince Tunku Ismail Ibrahim, who is also president of the Johor Football Association.

"With his experience and talent, I am confident he will do well for the team."

Aimar's signing came after Johor DT splashed out this year for Spain's Euro 2008 winner Guiza, former Lazio winger Simone del Nero and a whole host of Malaysian internationals like Safee Sali and Norshahrul Idlan Talaha.

While Tunku Ismail declined to reveal any figures, Aimar's two-year deal is believed to be worth RM7.2 million (S$2.78 million) annually, which will likely make him MSL's highest-paid foreign player.

Johor DT will, however, be aware that splashing the cash does not necessarily lead to silverware.

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