Football legend Claudio Caniggia was on the verge of quitting the sport when he was asked to play for Dundee, he has revealed.
The 50-times capped Argentinian former striker recounted the story to more than 400 Dark Blues fans who turned out to hear him reminisce about his time with the team at a special event in the city last night.
Caniggia made an appearance at the Whitehall Theatre, where he was in conversation with ex-Sky Sports presenter David Tanner, veteran football writer Patrick Barclay and Scotsman football writer Alan Pattullo.
Caniggia received a standing ovation and wild cheers from the audience, which included fans of all ages.
Speaking of how he began his brief stint in Dundee in the 2000-01 season, Caniggia said: “I was thinking of stopping playing football at the time.
“I was still training on my own, staying fit, and then the Bonettis called me – I knew them from Italy – and asked if I would come to Dundee?
“I said why not? I decided to come to Scotland and it was great at Dundee.
“Trust me, with my heart, I really enjoyed my time in Dundee.
“I could not understand any of the accents but it was a great team.”
Caniggia was also joined on stage by former team-mate Willie Falconer.
Describing their time together at Dens, Falconer said: “We were the oldest players there so we bounced off each other. He was a down-to-earth guy and he trained as he played.
“Every day he trained giving 100%.”