GABRIEL OMAR BATISTUTA


Full name: Gabriel Omar Batistuta

Date of birth: 1 February 1969

Place of birth: Avellaneda, Santa Fe, Argentina

Height: 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)

Playing position: Striker

 

Gabriel Omar Batistuta is a retired Argentine footballer. He has been a fantastic striker which played most of his career at Fiorentina in Italy, and is the eleventh top scorer of all-time in the Italian Serie A league, with 184 goals in 318 matches.

Batigol was a quick, powerful player with an all-round game, good technique, clinical finishing, as well as accurate heading and free-kick taking abilities, he is known as one of the most complete and prolific strikers of his generation. At international level, he is Argentina's all-time leading goalscorer, with 56 goals in 78 matches, and he played at three World Cups.

 

In 1999, Batistuta was third in the FIFA World Player of the Yearawards. At the beginning of his carreer, while playing for Argentina in the 1991 Copa América, the vice-president of Fiorentina was impressed by Batistuta's skills and signed him for the Italian club and he arrived in Florence. Batigol had a fine debut in Serie A, scoring 13 goals, but the following season (1992–93) Fiorentina was relegated to Serie B. Batistuta stayed with the club and helped it returning to the top league a year later. In the following seasons Bati had always the possibility to go playing in top Clubs in Europe but he decided to spend the most part of his career in Florence. He played 269 matches scoring 168 goals in 9 years. Fiorentina fans erected a life-size bronze statue of him in 1996, in recognition of his performances and fidelity for Fiorentina. He never won the Italian league with Fiorentina, but when he moved to Roma in 2000, he finally won the Serie A title to crown his career in Italy.

 

Honours

River Plate

Argentine Primera División: 1989–90

Boca Juniors

Torneo Clausura: 1991

Fiorentina

Serie B: 1993–94

Coppa Italia: 1995–96

Supercoppa Italiana: 1996

Roma

Serie A: 2000–01

Supercoppa Italiana: 2001

 

Argentina

Copa América: 1991, 1993

FIFA Confederations Cup: 1992

Years Team Apps Goals
1988-1989 Newell's Old Boys 16 4
1989-1990 River Plate 19 3
1990-1991 Boca Junior 30 13
1991-2000 Fiorentina 269 168
2000-2003 Roma 63 30
2003 Inter 12 2
2003-2005 Al-Arabi 21 25
Total   430 245
       
National team      
1991-2002 Argentina 78 56