Thursday, 11 September 2014
Fiorentina 1992 - No.9 Batistuta.
The most significant event in Fiorentina's difficult 1992 season was the arrival of Argentinian striker Gabriel Batistuta, who was to break the club scoring record during his nine years at the club.
Batistuta was 'La Viola’s' footballing spearhead and spiritual leader in the nineties. To the fans, he was a demigod, not only for his goals, but also his decision to stick with the club after being relegated in 1993.
The long hair, upturned collar and a rugged chin of stubble belied moments of gracefulness but his finishing was brutal - epitomised by his unique swivel of an imaginary sub-machine gun celebration.
It is fair to say to say Fiorentina were only denied the 1999 Scudetto when Batistuta pulled up with a hamstring injury in a pivotal game against eventual champions Milan.
Batistuta remarked years later “I loved being there, as I knew of the bond I have with these people, but I must confess I never expected such a wonderful show of love - the unique years I spent in Florence cannot be compared to any other football experience.”
He scored 157 goals in 254 games for Fiorentina in all competitions, helping them win the Italian Cup in 1996, the year in which a bronze statue of 'Batigol' was erected.
This shirt is available to purchase for £24.99 ref:260
A purple 100% cotton T-shirt, in small, medium, large and xl sizes.
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