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Claudio Caniggia


Claudio Paul Caniggia 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 made a hundred meters in 10.70 while competing in Argentina athletic tournaments at provincial level. It was 100 and 200 meters and long jump. However, he did not get to Athletic Nationals because he dedicated himself to football. He competed much until he became a professional football player in River Plate.

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 Glasgow Rangers (2001-03). He has become a club legend and cult-hero at many of the clubs he has played at.

Caniggia made a sprint of 100-meters in 10.7 seconds during the national team's sprinting test right before the 1990 World Cup being held. Caniggia was a key player in both the 1990 and 1994 World Cup finals, but was not picked under the strict regime of coach Daniel Passarella for France '98. Caniggia got a 13-month ban for taking cocaine in 1993 and has a history of enjoying the high life.

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