Cristian Pavon Profile
|Born||Jan 21, 1996|
Set to leave Boca Juniors on a permanent basis, the Argentinian scored 10 goals during his loan spell at LA Galaxy in 2020 and made a further three assists.
Pavon plays predominantly on the left wing, and he is always eager to provide goals and assists with his pace and creativity. He is also capable of playing on the right wing and as a central striker.
He has won three Argentine Primera Division titles (2015, 2016/17 and 2017/18) with Boca Juniors. He has also represented his country at senior level at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio, as well as at the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
Making the move to MLS
In August 2019, it was announced that Pavon had signed for LA Galaxy on loan for the rest of the MLS season. He made 11 appearances for the Los Angeles outfit that year.
Pavon had a great impact playing alongside Zlatan Ibrahimovic, scoring three and assisting six. LA Galaxy finished fifth in the Western Conference and eighth in the overall standings as they lost 5-3 to Los Angeles FC in the Conference semi-finals, a game in which Pavon scored.
Shortly after the culmination of the season, Galaxy secured Pavon's services on loan again for the 2020 campaign, where he played alongside former Manchester United forward Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez.
LA Galaxy were less successful in 2020, finishing 10th in the Western Conference before the season was curtailed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Pavon was in fine form though, scoring eight and assisting three in 19 MLS games.
He also played in all three of Galaxy's games in the MLS Is Back Tournament over the summer, netting twice as they finished bottom of their group behind Portland Timbers, Los Angeles FC and Houston Dynamo.
He returned to Boca Juniors as Galaxy were unwilling to pay the $20million asking price to sign him permanently.
Before joining Galaxy, Pavon was linked with a move to the Premier League with Arsenal and Fulham.
Pavon came through the ranks at Argentinian side Club Atletico Talleres in his hometown. He made his full debut in April 2014 and scored a brace as his side beat Club Atletico Patronato in the Primera Nacional, Argentina's second division.
After his debut performance, Argentinian giants Boca Juniors acted quickly to sign him for around â‚¬1.3million. He made eight appearances for them in his debut season of 2015, with the youngster being a bit-part player in his first two years at the club as Boca won the league title in 2015.
Pavon became a mainstay in the Boca side during the 2016/17 campaign, making 30 Superliga appearances. He was directly involved in 18 goals (nine goals and nine assists) as Xeneizes again won the league title.
He stepped this up in 2017/18, scoring nine and assisting 19 in 41 outings in all competitions as Boca won the league title once again, along with the Supercopa Argentina.
Overall, Pavon has made 118 appearances for Boca Juniors and has 29 goals and 34 assists.
Pavon was capped three times at U-17 level for Argentina, with all three appearances coming in the 2013 U-17 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates. They finished fourth in the tournament, losing to Mexico 3-0 in the semi-finals. He also played in two of Argentina's three group games in the 2015 U-20 World Cup.
With the attacker continuing to impress for Boca Juniors, he was drafted into the U-23 squad for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio.
Pavon started in two of their three group games. Argentina finished level on four points with Honduras, but they were knocked out as their rivals had a slightly better goal difference.
Pavon was named in Jorge Sampaoli's 23-man senior squad for the 2018 World Cup in Russia, but it was not a great tournament for Argentina. They narrowly progressed into the knockout stages by a solitary point, with Pavon coming off the bench in all three games. He then started as they lost 4-3 to France in the Round of 16.
Pavon has been capped 11 times at senior level for Argentina, with his last appearance coming in a 0-0 draw against Colombia in a friendly in September 2018.
Keeping out of the public eye
Pavon was born in Cordoba, Argentina, on January 21, 1996. His parents are Veronica Campos and Walter Pavon.
In 2020, Pavon was accused of rape by a woman back home in Argentina, claims he has denied. He has countered by calling on a judge to charge his accuser with extortion after the allegations were made public.
Boca Juniors paid just over $1.3million to sign Pavon in 2014, but his value has skyrocketed since. According to transfermarkt, he is valued at around $12million as of August 2020. Despite this, Boca value the player at around $20-25million.
Pavon is represented by Fernando Hidalgo, the former Ecuadorian soccer player who is now his agent. During his spell at LA Galaxy, it is believed that Pavon was earning around $26,500 per week.