Gabriel Omar Batistuta is an Argentine retired professional footballer. During his playing career, Batistuta was nicknamed Batigol as well as El Ángel Gabriel. Regarded as one of the best strikers of his generation, noted in particular for powerful strikes from volleys or from distance while on the run, in 1999, Batistuta placed third for the FIFA World Player of the Year award. In 2004 he was named by Pelé in the FIFA 100 list of the world's greatest living players. After beginning his career in Argentina in 1988 with Newell's Old Boys, followed by River Plate and Boca Juniors where he won titles, the prolific striker played most of his club football with Serie A club Fiorentina in Italy; he is their all-time top scorer in Serie A with 152 goals. When Fiorentina was relegated to Serie B in 1993, Batistuta stayed with the club and helped them return to the top-flight league a year later.
About Gabriel Batistuta
Striker who served as captain of A.C. Roma and played on the Argentinian national team from 1991 to 2002.
He played basketball while growing up, but switched to soccer after Argentina won the 1978 World Cup.
He was the Serie A Top Scorer in 1995 while playing with Fiorentina.
He married Irina Fernandez on December 28, 1990 and they had four sons together.
He played alongside the great Diego Maradona on the Argentinian national team from 1991 to 1994.
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