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Veron loses on Estudiantes return

  • Published at 07:47 pm April 12th, 2017
Veron loses on Estudiantes return
The ex-Argentina international signed an 18-month contract with boyhood club Estudiantes and made his fourth debut for the club in the Copa Libertadores defeat by South American side Barcelona. Veron started his career playing for Estudiantes back in 1994 before going on to play for Boca Juniors, Lazio, United and Chelsea. But he returned to the club – initially on loan from Chelsea – in 2006 before ending his career there in 2014. But at the end of last year he decided to come out of retirement and put his boots back on and put pen to paper on an 18-month deal, and will donate all his wages to the development of the club. And Veron made his comeback on Tuesday as 10-man Estudiantes went down 2-0 to Group 1 leader Barcelona. His comeback had been delayed because of a ban dating back to 2011 before Veron finally took to the field at Estadio Ciudad de La Plata, but he was unable to prevent defeat against the Ecuadorian champion. Jefferson Mena and Ariel Nahuelpan scored in the second half as Estuadiantes had defender Sebastian Bubarbier sent off for two bookable offences and lost back-to-back matches in the South American competition. As well as returning to the midfield of Estudiantes – Veron is also chairman of the club. Veron made the promise to return to playing if the fans bought 65 percent of the boxes at the new stadium – they did and the midfielder stayed true to his word. Estudiantes are managed by former Arsenal defender Nelson Vivas and are bottom of Group 1 in the Copa Libertadores but are third in the Argentine Primera Division. Veron made a name for himself playing in Europe for the likes of Sampdoria, Parma and Lazio before moving to the Premier League with United in 2001 for £28.1m. Despite then United manager Sir Alex Ferguson saying: "He’s a f****** great player" when asked about Veron, his time at Old Trafford was not a huge success but he did help them win the Premier League title in 2003. He swapped Manchester for London in 2003 when he joined Chelsea for £15m but his career at Stamford Bridge was restricted to just a handful of appearances due to injury. He returned to Italy on loan from Chelsea with Inter Milan and then went back to South America with Estudiantes. Veron retired from football in 2014, only to return again two years later and has signed on to play for 18 months.