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Juan Carlos Valeron To Retire On Sunday

Juan Carlos ValeronDeportivo La Coruna legend Juan Carlos Valeron has announced that he will retire at the end of the season.

The Las Palmas midfielder, who spent 13 years at Deportivo, will call it a day at the age of 40 after nearly 22 years as a professional.

The 40-year-old is revered for his time at Deportivo from 2000 to 2003, helping them to the Champions League semi-finals 2004 and winning the Copa del Rey in 2002.

He also had brief spells at Mallorca and Atletico Madrid before joining the La Coruna club.

Valeron, who played 45 times for Spain and went to the World Cup in 2002, returned to Las Palmas in 2013, where he started his career in 1995.

The former Deportivo player has made seven appearances this season for the club that sit 10th in La Liga.

‘I want to communicate that at the end of the season I will end my time as a professional footballer,’ said a tearful Valeron at a press conference on Saturday.

‘For me it is a great satisfaction and honour to do it at my home. I dedicate this to God, who gives meaning to my life, and is the one I have to thank for having an incredible sporting career.’

Valeron has often been regarded as one of the most respected players in Spain and his ability to play at the age of 40 in La Liga is tribute to that.