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  06/10/2011: Juan Sebastian Veron set to retire
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Juan Sebastian Veron is ready to retire from football at the of 36. The former Lazio midfield superstar has confirmed his intention to retire due to persistent injury problems. A few months ago he underwent a surgery to his right ankle but never fully recovered after that.

Veron, now playing in Estudiantes de La Plata, will play his last competitive match on October 31 against Racing Club, managed by his former teammate Diego Simeone. The 36-year-old has stated his intentions to become a staff member of the Argentinian national team as he has a good relationship with their current coach Alejandro Sabella.

Veron began his glittering career in his hometown club Estudiantes in 1994 before moving on to play alongside Diego Maradona for Boca Juniors and while playing there, Veron made his international debut for Argentina. Manager of Sampdoria Sven Goran Eriksson signed Veron for his team in 1996, where the Argentine had two very good seasons. After impressing in 1998 World Cup, Veron was signed by Parma in a 15 million pound deal.

After another good season, he was on the move once again and signed for Lazio in 1999, reuniting with Eriksson. And while playing for Biancocelesti, Veron spent his best seasons of his career - he won the European Super Cup in 1999 and was the driving force when Lazio pulled out an astonishing achievement by winning Serie A and Coppa Italia double in 2000. The same year, he also captured Supercoppa with Lazio. However, his career at Lazio came to an end in 2001 when he was sold for a massive 28.1 million pounds to Manchester United, but his spell at Manchester was highly unsuccessful as he failed to adapt to the higher pace of the Premier League. Veron then moved to big spending Chelsea in 2003, but didn't have much luck there either and a year later, signed a loan deal with Inter. Unfortunately, Veron never seemed to be the player that took Lazio to new heights and finally returned to the club where his career began - Estudiantes, initially on loan before signing for them permanently. And after 5 years there, the midfielder decides to quit football.

(Paulius Viluckas)
 
 
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