Legends – Gabriel Batistuta

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Gabriel Omar Batistuta was born on February 1st, 1969, and is nicknamed Batigol, is a former professional footballer. The prolific Argentine striker played most of his club football at Fiorentina in Italy, and he is the eighth top scorer of all time in the Italian Serie A league, with 184 goals in 318 matches between 1991 and 2003.

On the international level, he is the all-time highest scorer for Argentina’s national team, with 56 goals in 78 national team matches, and he represented his country at three FIFA World Cups. In 2004, he was named in the FIFA 100 list of the “125 Greatest Living Footballers”.

When his club Fiorentina was relegated to Serie B in 1993, Batistuta stayed with the club and helped it return to the top-flight league a year later. A popular sporting figure in Florence, the Fiorentina fans erected a life-size bronze statue of him in 1996, in recognition of his performances for Fiorentina. He never won the Italian league with Fiorentina, but when he moved to Roma in 2000, he finally won the Serie A championship to crown his career in Italy. He played his last professional season in Qatar with Al-Arabi before he retired in 2005.

During the 2006 FIFA World Cup he worked as a commentator for Televisa Deportes.

Full name: Gabriel Omar Batistuta
Date of birth: February 1, 1969
Place of birth: Reconquista, Argentina
Height: 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position: Striker

Former Clubs

1988–1989: Newell’s Old Boys
1989–1990: River Plate
1990–1991: Boca Juniors
1991–2000: Fiorentina
2000–2003: Roma
2003 ? Internazionale (loan)
2003–2005: Al Arabi

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