Juan Sebastian Veron comes out of retirement, donates salary to club’s youth academy
Juan Sebastian Veron ended his decorated 18-year playing career in 2012 with Estudiantes — the club that started his career. He went on to serve as Estudiantes’ director of sport last season, but continued playing by joining amateur side Brandsen. Winning La Plata amateur league apparently reinvigorated the 38-year-old because he’s decided to play one more season for Estudiantes.
Veron, who is the club’s technical secretary and was sporting director last season, signed a new player’s contract until next June on Thursday and will play for them in the 2013-14 Argentine first division league season.
“I don’t think I’m in the form of that time (in 2009) when we won the Libertadores Cup, but I’m just as motivated because I love playing football,” the 38-year-old playmaker told Radio Del Plataearlier this week.
Perhaps taking an idea from David Beckham, Veron will donate all of his wages to the Estudiantes youth academy that he first joined 20 years ago. It’s a lovely gesture, but if he really wants to pay one of his clubs back, he should probably give it to Chelsea.