ON THIS DAY: Global superstar Claudio Caniggia signs for Dundee FC

Seventeen years ago today, Dundee FC rocked the footballing world by announcing the signing of world superstar Claudio Caniggia.

On October 3 2000, the then-33-year-old was paraded alongside boss Ivano Bonetti after signing a short-term deal.

The Argentine was signed as a stop gap to replace his fellow countryman Fabian Cabellero who was sidelined due to injury.

Claudio Caniggia signed for Dundee on Friday October 3 2000.

Upon joining Caniggia said: “I am joining a club that has ambition. They play football the way I believe it should be played and, for me, this is everything.

“I intend to do well for the club and I hope I can repay the faith they have shown in me.

“I am here to play well and please the supporters. The thing that really matters to a footballer is the feeling you get when you go out and please a crowd. There is nothing to match it, nothing at all.”

Before landing the star, Bonetti previously made attempts to bring him to Dundee but instead signed Juan Sara.

Claudio Caniggia

The then-Dundee assistant manager Dario Bonetti and Canigga had connections via their careers in Italy, which eventually transpired to a move to the City of Discovery.

Caniggia scored on his Dundee debut against Aberdeen in a 2-0 victory at Pittodrie.

He became a fans’ favourite amongst Dees, making 21 appearances in dark blue.

At the end of the 2000/2001 season, he transferred to Rangers for a fee of around £800k.

Arguably, the capture of the Caniggia remains Dundee’s biggest ever signing in modern times.

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