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Pablo Aimar is coming out of retirement to make an emotional return to football

Pablo Aimar is coming out of retirement to play for Estudiantes de Rio Cuarto in the Copa Argentina

Mesut Ozil is the last of a dying breed.

The days of Juan Roman Riquelme and Zinedine Zidane strolling around with minimal defensive responsibilities are long gone.

But Pablo Aimar is fighting back.


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Weaving his magic

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Weaving his magic

The 38-year-old is dusting the boots off three years after he last played for River Plate.

Aimar will come out of retirement to play for Estudiantes Rio Cuarto in the Copa Argentina.

But why the sudden change of heart?

Lionel Messi’s idol (with Aimar and Wanyama)

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Lionel Messi’s idol (with Aimar and Wanyama)

There’s plenty of footballing romance behind Aimar’s decision to play for Estudiantes Rio Cuarto.

For a start he was born in Rio Cuarto and spent his formative years in the club’s academy before making the move to Buenos Aires giants River Plate.

He’ll also get the chance to play alongside his brother.

Andres Aimar turns out for Rio Cuarto at the age of 36, having previously represented River Plate, Estudiantes and Estoril.

Pablo, who manages Argentina’s Under-17 side, will have his work cut out keeping Rio Cuarto in the Copa Argentina as they are currently 2-1 down to Sportivio Belgrano San Fransisco following the first leg on Friday.

But that’s nothing Lionel Messi’s idol can’t handle. He wasn’t nicknamed ‘The Wizard’ for nothing.

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Can you name the kit?

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