|Born||1969 02 01|
|Desc||A great goalscorer and a scorer of great goals, Batistuta is one of the best strikers ever to have graced Italian football. He remains Fiorentina’s top Serie A goalscorer, having spent the majority of his career in Florence before moving to Roma where he finally clinched the title. He is the only footballer ever to have scored a hat-trick at two separate World Cups|
|Org||Argentina National Team|
|Club as Player||Fiorentina FC|
1998 06 30 Retrieve
[Practices became more structured and players were required to undergo nasal examinations to ensure that none was using cocaine. But what would become the biggest conversation piece at home and abroad was Passarella’s decision to ban long hair. His public explanation was that long hair was a distraction during matches, but for Batistuta, one of those who trimmed his locks, that was not Passarella’s only reason] I cut mine because there was a project to to change the image of the Argentinian player. It was a question of helping out Passarella
2005 07 11 Retrieve
[Batistuta’s quiet goodbye] I’ve always given everything for every team I’ve played for so that the ordinary fans, the people in the stadium, could identify with me. I owe a lot to the fans of Roma, Fiorentina and Argentina. They were the reason I played, my inspiration. I always worked hard to improve my game, to prove to myself that I could be one of the best for as long as possible. To be honest, I couldn’t care less what the others think.
[…] When I was playing football I never enjoyed it that much, I was never happy … if I scored two goals, I wanted a third, I always wanted more. Now it’s all over I can look back with satisfaction, but I never felt that way when I was playing
2016 10 08 Retrieve
[Fiorentina legend Gabriel Batistuta discusses his love for the Tuscan city after receiving honorary citizenship there] I’ve always considered Florence as my girlfriend. I don’t have to explain my love for this city. I felt terrible when I went to Roma, because I hadn’t fulfilled the expectations of the Florentines
2019 12 07 Retrieve
[Riquelme and Maradona carry old feud into Boca election. Batigol is acting as a consultant to a third candidate Jose Beraldi] It’s an offer I’ve been waiting for. politics don’t interest me.