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.
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.
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.