Claudio Caniggia Profile

Claudio Caniggia is an Argentine football legend who was born on January 9, 1967, in Henderson, Argentina. He began his professional football career in 1985 with River Plate, and had three years with Los Millonarios before heading off to Italy. Caniggia would go on to play for three clubs in Serie A; Hellas Verona, Atalanta and Roma.

Caniggia was known for his impressive speed and dribbling ability, which made him a constant threat to opposition defenders. He was also a versatile player who could play on either wing or as a center-forward. His playing style and performance on the pitch earned him the nickname "El Hijo del Viento" or "Son of the Wind."

Caniggia's career was not without its controversies. In 1993, he was suspended from football for 13 months after testing positive for cocaine. This incident was a setback for Caniggia, but he was able to bounce back and continue his successful career after Benfica signed him in 1994. After a year in Lisbon, Caniggia headed back to Argentina, but it wasn't the famous River Plate shirt that he would be wearing again, but their great rivals, Boca Juniors.

Caniggia would head back to Italy in 1999 signing for Atalanta one again, and would help the Bergamo club achieve promotion back to Serie A from Serie B, Caniggia's next move was a surprise one - a move to Scotland, but not to one of the big two Glasgow clubs, but to Dundee, where he played from 2000 to 2001. Dundee were managed by Ivano Bonetti at the time, who he knew from his previous time in Italy, and the Italian persuaded Caniggia to join him in Scotland. He impressed sufficiently at Dens Park to persuade Rangers that he could do a job for them at the top end of the Scottish table, and he would spend the next two seasons at Ibrox before finishing his career with a season in the middle-east at Qatar SC.

Caniggia's international career was just as up and down as his club career. He made his debut for the Argentine national team in 1987 and went on to represent his country in three World Cups (1990, 1994, and 2002) and two Copa America tournaments (1989 and 1991). Caniggia was a crucial player for the Argentine national team during the 1990 World Cup in Italy, where he helped his team reach the final, scoring two goals in the tournament. He would miss out on the 1998 World Cup after refusing to abide by coach Daniel Passarella's ruling that long hair should be cut shirt, whilst at the 2002 World Cup he was brought back into the squad by coach Marcelo Bielsa but didn't play, although he did make his mark by becoming the first player at a World Cup to be sent off from the subs bench after receiving his marching orders for swearing at the referee in the match against Sweden.

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