Monday, 15 April 2013
Fiorentina 1997 - No.9 Batistuta.
The prolific Argentine striker played most of his club football at Fiorentina, and is the tenth top scorer of all-time in the Italian Serie A league, with 184 goals in 318 matches.
'Batigol' as he was known had played for the top clubs in Argentina, including Boca and River, and it was while playing for his country in the 1991 Copa América, that the vice-president of Fiorentina was so impressed by Batistuta's skills that he signed him for the Italian club.
It was with the Viola that Batistuta found his best form. He was the top scorer of the 1994–95 season with 26 goals, and he broke Ezio Pascutti's 30-year-old record by scoring in all of the first 11 matches of the season. The following year they won the Coppa, Batistuta's only major honour with the team.
When Fiorentina were relegated to Serie B in 1993, Batistuta stayed with the club and helped it return to the top-flight a year later. A popular sporting figure in Florence, the fans erected a life-size bronze statue of him in 1996, in recognition of his performances for their club.
He never won the Italian league with Fiorentina, but when he moved to Roma in 2000, he finally won the Scudetto to crown his career in Italy.
Diego Maradona once said that Batistuta is the best striker he has ever seen play the game.
This shirt is available to purchase for £24.99 ref:238
A purple 100% cotton T-shirt, in small, medium, large and xl sizes.
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