Having announced his retirement in 2014, la Brujita (‘little witch’) has signed an 18-month contract with his boyhood club.

In a week that saw Carlos Tevez move away from the club where his career began, ex-Argentina international Juan Sebastián Verón will return to the top-flight to play for the La Plata based side, where he finished his career two years ago, in a deal that will see him earn a minimal wage which will then be given back to the club.

Verón, who is also the club’s chairman, made a promise to come out of retirement and play in the 2017 Copa Libertadores if fans bought 65% of viewing boxes at the club’s new stadium, which is finally nearing completion after construction began in 2002.

Surprisingly, Estudiantes fans thought it a good idea to re-introduce the 41-year old veteran to the side, who has been training for several months in anticipation of his return. His first test will not be an easy one, however, as las Pincharratas’ next game will see them face Bayer Leverkusen in the Florida Cup on 8 January.

Verón will attempt to kickstart Estudiantes' season, who currently lie fourth in the league
Verón will attempt to kickstart Estudiantes’ season, who currently lie fourth in the table