Batistuta Calls It A Day
3/14/2005 10:04:00 AM
Former Argentina international Gabriel Batistuta has retired from football at the age of 36.
He scored 56 goals in 78 internationals, and played for Newell’s Old Boys, River Plate, Boca Juniors, Fiorentina, Roma, Inter and Al Arabi during a distinguished career.
"He has lost enthusiasm to play even though he’s in perfect physical shape," said representative Settimio Aloisio.
"It’s best he leaves now before football leaves him."
Batistuta himself added: "I will certainly continue in football in a different role.
"I will continue with my contractual, publicity and managerial commitments and finish my studies for coaching."
Batistuta has cancelled his contract with Al Arabi.
In spite of all the goals he scored against us and the bad black & blue adventure that he had, I would like to thank Gabriel Omar Batistuta for what he has given to football. He was perhaps the best striker in the last decade. His loyalty to Fiorentina should be followed by all footballers in the world.
Arrivederci Il Rei di Leone!