Evergreen Juan Carlos Valeron returns to La Liga action aged 40 3 years ago

Evergreen Juan Carlos Valeron returns to La Liga action aged 40

Juan Carlos Valeron was no spring chicken when he helped lead Deportivo La Coruna to the Champions League semi-finals back in 2004.

But more than a decade on, the former Spain international is back in La Liga with Las Palmas, and came on in the away defeat to Barcelona.

At the age of 40 years and 101 days, he joined just a handful of players in featuring in the Spanish top flight in their fifth decade.

Strangely enough, two of the others in the club are goalkeepers who had brief spells in England - former Spurs back-up Cesar and one-time Manchester United reserve Ricardo.


And perhaps even more bizarrely, another fortysomething to have featured in La Liga this season, Donato, did so in the same Depor line-up as Valeron himself.