Legendary Argentina striker Gabriel Batistuta has explained the reason he snubbed Europeans giants like Real Madrid and AC Milan during his playing career in Europe.
After spells with Argentinian top clubs, River Plate, Newell’s Old Boys and Boca Juniors, Batistuta signed for Serie A side Fiorentina in 1991.
During his time at Roma, Batistuta won the Serie A in the 2000/2001 season and also the Italian Super Cup.
At Fiorentina Batistuta won the Serie B in the 1993/1994 season, the Italian Cup and Super Cup the following season.
He made his Argentina senior national team debut in 1991, scored 54 goals in 77 appearances before retiring from international football in 2002.
With the Argentine national team he won the 1992 FIFA Confederations Cup and the Copa America in 1991 and 1993.
Also Batistuta represented Argentina at three FIFA World Cups in USA 1994, France 1998 and Korea/Japan 2002.
He was awarded the bronze ball at the 1999 FIFA World Player of the Year award and the FIFA World Cup Silver Shoe at the 1998 World Cup.