£28m ex-Manchester United man announces retirement for the second time

Juan Sebastián Verón

Juan Sebastian Veron last week announced his impending retirement from football for a second time.

As Manchester United broke their transfer record this week by paying £37 million for Juan Mata, a player they once spent £28 million on announced he would be retiring. Again.

United paid a record £28 million to sign Juan Sebastian Veron in 2001, a figure which was then the most expensive in British football.

While his time in the Premier League did not work out as planned, in South America he remains a hero, particularly at Estudiantes, who he led to the Copa Libertadores in 2009.

Veron originally retired in 2012, before taking up a director's role with Estudiantes. Then surprisingly last summer, he announced medical examinations on his ankle had passed him fit to resume playing at the age of 38.

He has played in 11 games for the Argentine club since his return, providing one assist, and has been donating his entire wages towards the Estudiantes youth team.

It perhaps came as little surprise this week that he announced he would officially be calling it quits and retiring for a second time in the summer when his contract expires after his 39th birthday.

Veron was a supremely talented player, who English football unfortunately did not see the best of. But try telling fans of Estudiantes that he was been a 'flop', and you will likely receive a very curt response.

Check out some of Veron's career highlights:

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