Valeron confirms retirement

In an emotional press conference on Sunday, La Liga legend Juan Carlos Valeron officially drew the curtain on his 22-year career.

Three years ago, the midfielder ended his 13-year spell at Deportivo La Coruna by returning to the club of his youth, Las Palmas.

There, Valeron saw the club to a Primera Division promotion and now departs with his team in the league's tenth spot, comfortably safe from relegation.

"I have decided to retire as a professional footballer at the end of the season," a teary Valeron said, according to the Las Palmas official website.

"It’s a great pleasure and an honour to do it at my home club. I thank all my clubs, and the Las Palmas President for allowing this to be so beautiful," he said.

"I’m very happy for everything I’ve experienced. I thank my family for all the love and support they have given me. I’ve had the best three years of my career here.

"This is like a fairy tale, I couldn’t ask for more. I thank the fans for all their love," he concluded.

Club president Miguel Angel Ramirez told the press that the 40-year old will take on an ambassadorial role for the Gran Canarian team.

"El Flaco’s presence has been crucial for us being in the Primera," Ramirez said.

"It’s been important to have him in the League and the Copa del Rey. It’s a source of pride for us that he can retire at home," he added.

"It’s a genuine honour for us to host the retirement of one of the best players from the Canary Islands and Spain, who has had a global impact."