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Darío Anastacio Verón Maldonado (born 26 July 1979) is a former Paraguayan professional footballer that last played as a defender for Club Olimpia in the Paraguyan First Division.[1] He also holds Mexican citizenship.[2]

Darío Verón
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Personal information
Full name Darío Anastacio Verón Maldonado
Date of birth (1979-07-26) 26 July 1979 (age 39)
Place of birth San Ignacio, Paraguay
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 12 in)
Playing position Centre back
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1999–2003 12 de Octubre ? (?)
2001Guaraní (loan) ? (?)
2003 Cobreloa 20 (4)
2003–2017 UNAM 451 (22)
2017–2019 Olimpia Asunción 31 (1)
National team
2001–2017 Paraguay 53 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 24 October 2017
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 11 September 2012



Verón joined Pumas in 2003, on a transfer from the Chilean club Cobreloa. Verón previously played for Club Guaraní and Club 12 de Octubre, clubs from his native country. A commanding central defender, Verón has also scored more than a dozen goals for UNAM because of his strength in the air. His nickname is "Hechicero" (The Wizard), a play on Juan Sebastián Verón's "Brujita" (Little Witch). He has become the most experienced defensive player in the Pumas lineup after Joaquín Beltrán moved to Necaxa and Sergio Bernal announced his retirement.

He has also earned some 50 caps for Paraguay, including the Copa América tournaments of 2001, 2007, and 2011, and the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Verón was a key part of the rigid defense that carried Paraguay to the final of the 2011 Copa América in Argentina, where he formed a sturdy central core alongside Paulo Da Silva. On occasion, he has also featured for Paraguay at right fullback.


Verón has been accused of making racist insults by Felipe Baloy,[3] Darwin Quintero[3] and Michael Arroyo.[4] However, his culpability was not proven.



  1. ^ *Darío VerónLiga MX stats at ‹See Tfd›(in Spanish)
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 26 July 2015.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ a b "Darío Verón, con antecedentes racistas". Fox Sports. Retrieved 11 February 2016.
  4. ^ "Sin pruebas contra Verón". Televisa Deportes. Retrieved 11 February 2016.

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