Estudiantes LP (Argentina), Boca Juniors (Argentina), Sampdoria
(Italy), AC Parma (Italy), SS Lazio (Italy), Manchester United
FC (England), Chelsea FC (England), Inter Milan (Italy)
1999 UEFA Cup winner (Parme AC) 2000 Serie A.. Champions (SS Lazio Rome) 2003 Premiership Champions (Manchester United) 1999 Italian Cup winner (SS Lazio Rome) 2000 Italian Cup winner (SS Lazio Rome) 2003 League Cup Finals (Manchester United)
Juan Sebastián Veron (born March 9, 1975 in Buenos Aires) is an
Argentine professional football player who plays as a midfielder.
Since 2004, he has played for Inter Milan in the Italian top-flight
division Serie A.
He is the son of Argentina striker Juan Ramón Verón, who was
known as La Bruja (The Witch) and who scored against Manchester
United in the 1968 World Club Championship at Old Trafford for
his club Estudiantes La Plata.
In 1993 La Brujita (Little Witch) signed from school for
Estudiantes de La Plata – his father's former side. In 1996 he
joined Boca Juniors, playing 17 games and scoring three goals.
He made his international debut for Argentina, against Poland,
in the same year. Sven-Göran Eriksson signed him for Sampdoria
In 1998, after starring for Argentina in the World Cup, he
signed for Parma in a £15m deal. The following year, Parma won
the Coppa Italia. Eriksson then signed him again, this time for
Lazio in an £18.1m deal, reportedly netting a weekly wage of
£48,000. Coincidentally, he made his debut for Lazio in the
Italian side's 2-0 victory over Manchester United in the
European Super Cup in Monaco.
In 2000, Veron was the driving force for Lazio as they captured
the scudetto, the Coppa Italia and the Italian Super Cup. But in
February the following year, the rumours about the validity of
his passport caught up with him.
After the 2001 season he moved from Lazio to Manchester United
on July 12 for £28.1 million in a five-year deal, the richest
transfer in English football at that time. Upon signing for
Manchester United, he said he had no fear of the Premiership.
Unfortunately, after an impressive start, the pace of the
English game started to get the better of him, as some games
passed him by, and he was unable to settle into the United
midfield. His future at United was constantly debated throughout
the season and into the 2002 World Cup, where he again started
well, but faded as Argentina fell at the first hurdle.
There was plenty of pressure on him at the start of his second
season at Old Trafford, and his performances did seem improve
considerably, especially in the Champions League where he scored
four goals and was at the heart of United's successes in the
group stages. However, injury meant that he missed much of the
end of the season, and that may have convinced Sir Alex Ferguson
that he could do without the Argentinean.
When Chelsea came in for him following the arrival of
billionaire Roman Abramovich, Veron claimed that he wanted to
stay and fight for his place at Old Trafford, but Ferguson was
willing to let Chelsea talk to him, and he was eventually
convinced that his future lay at Stamford Bridge, where he had
much to prove. His transfer fee to Chelsea was about half that
of his record-breaking transfer of just two years before, signed
4-years-deal, showing both the fall in the transfer market and
the decline of his reputation.
Veron made only 14 appearances for Chelsea in the 2003-04 season;
he was bothered by a back injury for most of the season. After
José Mourinho took over as manager following the season, Veron
became the first casualty of Mourinho's promised cleanout of the
Chelsea roster. He was loaned out to Inter, where he found the
slow tempo and thoughtful game to his liking much more than the
"attack at all costs" mentality of the English Premier League,
for the 2004-05 season, and from 24 June 2005 he subsequently
returned to Inter on loan for a further two seasons, which
finished the contract with Chelsea F.C..
In 2004, he was chosen for the FIFA 100, a list of the 125
greatest living footballers selected by Pelé as part of FIFA's