Juan Ramón Verón
|Full name||Juan Ramón Verón|
|Date of birth||17 March 1944|
|Place of birth||La Plata, Argentina|
|Playing position||Midfielder, Forward|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of September 2007|
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 14 March 2010
Nicknamed La Bruja [la ˈβɾuxa] (English: The Witch), Juan Ramón Verón was capable of playing both as a midfielder and as a striker, and was renowned for his technical skills, ability with the ball at his feet and his goal-scoring prowess. He played for Estudiantes de La Plata, who were a dominant force in Argentine football during the late 1960s.
Among the memorable goals he scored are his "bicycle kick" goal against Racing Club, his header in the Intercontinental Cup championship against Manchester United and, most famously, his glorious hat-trick against Brazil's Palmeiras in the finals of the 1968 Copa Libertadores.
Known as one of Estudiantes' all-time great players, he moved on to play for Panathinaikos F.C. of Athens, Greece in 1972. After a successful 2½ seasons he returned to his beloved Estudiantes in 1975.
After retiring, he had a brief career as coach in Central America and is now working as a special advisor for Estudiantes.
His son, nicknamed La Brujita (The Little Witch), Juan Sebastián Verón, is also a footballer, who played for Estudiantes before moving to European football. In 2006, he returned to Estudiantes to captain them to their first title in 23 years in the Apertura 2006 tournament. In 2017, he came out of retirement to play for Estudiantes once again.
- Primera División Argentina: Metropolitano 1967
- Copa Libertadores: 1968
- Intercontinental Cup: 1968
- Copa Libertadores: 1969
- Copa Libertadores: 1970
- Colombian League: 1977
- La Brujita nació en un clásico (in Spanish)
- Jack de Menezes (19 April 2016). "Juan Sebastian Veron admits he 'should have stayed' at Manchester United and not joined Chelsea". The Independent. Retrieved 28 February 2017.