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Figueroa was a mainstay with Greek side Panathinaikos.

Figueroa poised to be a pain to opponents in M-League

Figueroa was a mainstay with Greek side Panathinaikos.

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Many know who Pablo Aimar is. And now El Loco feels another Argentine in experienced striker Luciano Figueroa is set to be an asset for Johor Darul Takzim I in the new season.

THERE is always this buzz down south nowadays whenever fans to talk about football. Never mind the fact that the new season of M-League has yet to start.

Can't blame them, really.

Imagine two former Argentina internationals will ply their trade with Johor Darul Takzim I.

The first is star attacking midfielder Pablo Aimar and the second is striker Luciano Figueroa.

By now many know Aimar, who used to play for teams like River Plate, Valencia, Real Zaragoza and Benfica.

The 34-year-old, known as El Payaso or 'The Clown', made 52 appearances for Argentina and scored eight goals. He also played  in the World Cup in 2002 and 2006.

Aimar was also in the Argentina squad who won the Under-20 World Cup held in Malaysia in 1997. Aimar has signed a two-year contract. And according to reports, he will be paid RM7.2 million a year.

After that, he is set to help Johor FA with their football academy for three years.

All said, the vastly experienced and talented Aimar is set to thrill fans with his attacking prowess.

Now, who is this Figueroa?

The 32-year-old and Santa Fe-born striker played for several clubs in Argentina and across Europe.

The clubs he was involved in were Rosario Central, River Plate, Boca Juniors, Birmingham City, Villarreal, Genoa and Emelec.

He was with Greek club Panathinaikos before signing with JDT I.

Known as simply 'Lucho', he has 15 caps with Argentina and scored nine goals. Well, that's an impressive 60 per cent scoring rate.

He was part of the Argentina team for the Copa America in 2004 and Confederation Cup the following year.

Unfortunately, he was denied of a place in the team for the 2006 World Cup because of cruciate injury.

Oh yes...the 1.8m or 5ft 11in tall Figueroa was also in the team who won the gold medal in the 2004 Olympics.

He is vastly experienced too, just like Aimar.

Figueroa is set to create waves with his scoring abilities in the new season in his bid to assist JDT I.

He should not have much problems in forming a deadly combination in the attacking aspect with Aimar as they used to play together with Argentina before.

Interesting...and goals will surely be there.

Johor Darul Takzim I will have a Spanish as coach for the new season in Cesar Jimenez.

Jimenez, 54, used to manage teams like Valencia and Atletico Madrid. And he should know on how to utilise Figueroa's abilities to the fullest together with Aimar.

Entertainment assured every time, JDT I are in action. It will be even better if Jimenez employs the 4-3-3 set-up.    

Figueroa, in an recent interview, said he  is determined to bring honours to Johor Darul Takzim I over the next two years

He is excited and cannot wait that reunion with Aimar.

Johor fans and the neutrals just can't wait for the new season to start to watch Aimar and Figueroa plus some of the best local players in action.

Larkin Stadium will be packed whenever JDT I are playing at home. Don't bet against this.

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