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Hugo Mariano Pavone (born May 27, 1982 in Tres Sargentosmarker, Buenos Airesmarker) is an Argentinemarker football who currently plays for Real Betis in Spainmarker, as a striker.

Club career

Estudiantes de La Plata

Pavone left his childhood club Boca Juniors at the age of 14 and went on to feature for Estudiantes de La Plata in the Argentine first division for over ten years. His most notable achievement there was scoring 16 goals in the Clausura 2005, making him the top scorer.

Pavone was selected by sports newspaper Olé as the best player in the 2006 Apertura tournament, where he scored Estudiantes's first goal against Quilmes Atlético Club and also the side's last which secured the 2-1 win over alma mater Boca in the final . All in all, Pavone scored 11 goals in this tournament, but also excelled at assisting his teammates, as in the fifth goal against Gimnasia de La Plata in the October 15 derby.

Real Betis Balompié

Pavone signed for Real Betis in late June 2007.The player, who was on his honeymoon in the city of Sevillemarker, was purchased by for ‚ā¨6.8 million, becoming the first signing under compatriot H√©ctor C√ļper's management. On July 23, Pavone scored on his debut, a friendly game against neighbours CD San Fernando, also assisting fellow Argentinianmarker Juan Pablo Caffa.

His competitive debut came in the league on August 26, against Recreativo de Huelva. In his first two seasons, he failed to impress, but had a good run from November 2007-January 2008, when he netted six goals in five matches, including braces against Real Zaragoza (2-1 win, as a late substitute) and UD Almería (3-1 success).

International career

Pavone made his debut for Argentina against Chile, on 18 April 2007.

Club statistics

Season Country Club Appearances Goals
2000-01 Estudiantes 2 0
2001-02 Estudiantes 6 1
2002-03 Estudiantes 26 3
2003-04 Estudiantes 29 4
2004-05 Estudiantes 37 21
2005-06 Estudiantes 28 5
2006-07 Estudiantes 19 11
2007-08 Real Betis 30 8


Season Club Title
Clausura 2005 Estudiantes Argentine League: Topscorer, 16 goals
Apertura 2006 Estudiantes Argentine League


Pavone's older brother, Gonzalo, is also a footballer.


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