Luciana Aymar

Luciana Paula Aymar (Spanish pronunciation: [luˈsjana ajˈmaɾ]; born 10 August 1977) is an Argentine retired field hockey player.[1]

Luciana Aymar
Aymar in 2010
Personal information
Full name Luciana Paula Aymar
Born (1977-08-10) 10 August 1977 (age 44)
Rosario, Argentina
Height 1.72 m (5 ft 8 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
Jockey Club de Rosario
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1998 Rot-Weiss Köln
1999 Real Club de Polo
2000–2007 Quilmes
2008–2011 GEBA
National team
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1994–1998 Argentina U21
1998–2014 Argentina 376 (162)

She is the only player in history to receive the FIH Player of the Year Award eight times,[2] and she is considered as the best female hockey player of all time.[3][4][5] In 2010 she was granted the Platinum Konex Award as the best Hockey player of the last decade in Argentina.[6]

Luciana is known for her ability to beat opposing players using her pace and dribbling skills, drawing comparisons with Argentinian footballer Diego Maradona. For this reason she has received the nicknames "La Maga" ("The Magician") and "The Maradona of Field Hockey".

Aymar was the flag bearer for Argentina at the 2012 Summer Olympics, becoming the second field hockey athlete being honoured this way after Marcelo Garraffo.