Argentina took on Brazil in a Masters friendly over the weekend, but there was somnething not quite right abolut the person purporting to be former Argentinian striker Claudio Caniggia.
The real Claudio Caniggia...
And the fake one…
Caniggia was listed as wearing number seven for Argentina, but the person wearing that shirt bore little resemblance to the 1990 World Cuo finalist.
That’s because it wasn’t Caniggia but Daniel Cordone, formerly of Vélez Sarsfield and Newcastle United – and once named among the top 50 worst strikers to have played in the Premier League.
Reporters were puzzled by the appearance of the striker and sensing trouble, Cordone headed straight for the dressing rooms without talking to anyone when the final whistle was blown.
Organisers insisted that it was the real Caniggia, with André de Paula, of promoter Phoenix Sports, adding: “This is the Caniggia, the real Caniggia. There is no other Caniggia.”
Argentina’s coaches initially went along with the charade before coming admitting that it was Cordone and not Caniggia.
Caniggia won 50 caps for Argentina during his playing days; Cordone won none.