Claudio Caniggia

Claudio Caniggia

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Claudio Paul Caniggia (born 9 January 1967 in Henderson, Buenos Aires) is a former Argentine football forward, who played 50 times for the Argentine national team. He appeared in three World Cups, and was a member of both rival clubs River Plate and Boca Juniors. Caniggia was known for his speed as a player and competed in Athletics before his football career. He ran his best time for the hundred meters of 10.70s whilst competing in athletic tournaments at the provincial level. At that level he also ran the 200 meters and also competed in long jump. However, he did not reach the National level in athletic tournaments because he had dedicated himself full-time to football, playing for River Plate FC. Caniggia, as a football player, could run 100 meters in 11.2 seconds. Currently He lives in Marbella, Spain.

Club career

At club level, Caniggia played for River Plate (1985–88), Hellas Verona (1988–89), Atalanta (1989–92 and 1999–2000), AS Roma (1992–93), S.L. Benfica (1994–95), Boca Juniors (1995–98), Dundee (2000–01) and Rangers (2001–03). He has become a club legend and cult-hero at many of the clubs he has played at.

Caniggia got a 13-month ban for taking cocaine in 1993 and has a history of enjoying the high life. After his ban expired he joined Benfica on a year-long loan financed by the Parmalat dairy company.

Argentine media mogul Eduardo Eurnekian then acquired the rights to Caniggia from AS Roma and Diego......
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