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Juan Sebastián Veron born in La Plata (Argentina) on March 9, 1975. He is the son of Argentine striker Juan Ramón Verón who was known as La Bruja (The Witch) and who scored against Manchester United in the 1968 World Club Championship at Old Trafford for his club Estudiantes La Plata.

In 1993, Juan Sebastián Veron known by his nickname La Brujita (The Little Witch) signed for Estudiantes de La Plata – his father's former side. In 1995 he helped the team to return to the Argentine premiership. In 1996, he joined Boca Juniors, playing 17 games and scoring 3 goals, alongside Diego Maradona. He made his international debut for Argentina, against Poland, in the same year. Sven-Göran Eriksson, Sampdoria manager signed him shortly afterwards.

In 1998, after starring for Argentina in the World Cup, he signed for Parma in a £15m deal. The following year, Parma won the Coppa Italia.



Veron with SS Lazio


Eriksson then signed him again, this time for Lazio in an £18.1m deal (close to 38 billion lira), reportedly netting a weekly wage of £48,000.
Coincidentally, Veron made his debut for Lazio in the Italian side's 1-0 victory over Manchester United in the European Super Cup in Monaco.

Juan Sebastian Veron was one of the leading protagonists of the successes of Lazio. In two seasons he showed his full value to the Lazio supporters.

With Lazio, Veron as a midfielder has scored 8 goals in 31 Serie A games for season 1999/00, and 3 goals in 22 Serie A games for season 2000/01. In all competition with Lazio Veron has played 79 games and scored 14 goals.

In 2000, Veron was the key player for Lazio as the team crowned the second Scudetto, the Coppa Italia and the Italian Super Cup.

On February the following year, the rumours about the validity of his passport caught up with him. It was assumed for possible fake Italian passport in order to avoid the non-EU quota. However, the charged was cleared by FIGC in June 2001.

After the 2001 season he moved to Manchester United on July 12 for £28.1 million in a five-year deal, the most expensive transfer in English football at that time.
 
In 2004, he was chosen for the FIFA 100, a list of the 125 greatest living footballers selected by Pelé as part of FIFA's centenary observances.

Achievements with Lazio:
 
- Serie A (1): 1999–2000
- Coppa Italia (1): 1999–2000
- Supercoppa Italiana (1): 2000
- UEFA Super Cup (1): 1999

Individual Achievements:

- Premier League Player of the Month (1): September 2001
- South American Footballer of the Year (2): 2008, 2009

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