Chairman – Estudiantes de La Plata
Juan Sebastian Verón
An Argentine and global legend of the game, Juan Sebastián Verón is today Estudiantes de La Plata Club’s Chairman, which is his hometown football club.
Veron, who played elite European football for ten seasons, started at the age of 18 in Estudiantes, then moved to Boca Juniors, where he played with Diego Armando Maradona. During his international career he played for Sampdoria (1996-1998), Parma (1998-1999), Lazio (1999-2001), Manchester United (2001-2003), Chelsea (2003-2004) and Inter de Milan (2004-2006). Back in Estudiantes de La Plata in 2006 he won three trophies, among them the Libertadores de America Cup 2009 and played the Final match of the FIFA Club World Championship against Barcelona.
As an international Sebastian Veron represented Argentina’s National Team in three FIFA World Cups (France 1998, Korea-Japan 2002 and South Africa 2010 where he played with Lionel Messi).
After his retirement in 2015 he became the president of Estudiantes, leading the Club to create the first Secondary School for football players in Latin America and finished the new Club Stadium, announced for July 2019. He played the “Match for Peace” supporting Pope Francis in 2016 and was named Chinese Linzi Football Museum’s Global Ambassador in 2017. In 2018, he was invited by UNICEF to the Soccer Aid charity match at Old Trafford, where he played with Usain Bolt, Eric Cantina and Robbie Williams. He was also invited by Sheikh Abdullah of Kuwait along with world soccer stars such as Rivaldo, Clarence Seedorf, David Beckham and Ronaldinho for Ramadan festivities.
Recently, on November 9, he led the reopening of the new Estudiantes de la Plata’s Stadium which has the EDGE Environmental Certification of sustainable construction, granted by the International Financial Corporation (IFC) of the World Bank, being the first stadium in the world to get it.
Juan Sebastian Veron, gave a speech at the ceremony saying: “It is a dream come true, but this is not the destination, this is a