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Former Manchester United star comes out of retirement

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Argentinian midfielder Veron is making a comeback (©GettyImages)
Argentinian midfielder Veron is making a comeback (©GettyImages).

Juan Sebastian Veron has returned to training with former club Estudiantes despite retiring from the game last June.

The Argentinian midfielder originally took up a director of football post at the South American side last summer, but has since decided to give his career one last hurrah.

The return was in doubt due to a troublesome ankle injury, but a trip to a specialist in Italy laid rest to fears, and he was given the go-ahead to return to the field at the age of 38.

In an emotional game last May, he set up the winning goal with a fine assist which sparked incredible scenes at the home of a club he amassed 254 games for.

Premier League fans will most likely remember Veron for two less than impressive spells at Manchester United and Chelsea, where £43million was spent on the midfielder.

Due to the accumulated transfer fees Veron became the most expensive footballer in the world at that stage as a massive £77million had been spent on him to that date.

It didn't quite work out in England though, he was named in The Times '50 Worst Transfers in Premiership History' and another spell in Italy transpired, before eventually returning back home to Argentina in 2006. 

He also accumulated 79 caps for his country, appearing in three World Cup campaigns.

It is not clear how long Veron plans to return to the game for but he will not have to wait long for his first tournament, as his side Estudiantes are currently in action in the Copa Argentina, where they will face Quilmes on July 20.

 

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