Gabriel Batistuta

Date of birth01 February 1969
Place of birthAvellaneda
NationalityArgentine
Weight78 kg
Height1.83 m
PositionForward

HONOURS - Argentinian Championship 1990-91, Italian Championship 2000-01. Top Scorer in the Argentinian League 1990-91, and the Italian Championship 1995. Winner of the Italian Cup 1996, Italian Super Cup Winner 1996 and 2001. Top foreign Serie A striker in history. All time top scorer for Fiorentina (206 goals). Winner of the Copa America 1991 and 1993 with Argentina. Top Scorer in the 1991 and 1995 Copa America tournaments. Top all time Argentinian National team scorer. South American footballer of the year in 1991. A striker with a phenomenal scoring record, Gabriel is approaching the twilight of his career but still finds the net regularly at the highest level. He made his senior debut for Newell's Old Boys as a teenager before moving on to River Plate and then Boca Juniors where his goals helped win the domestic title in 1990. He went on to win his first cap against Brazil in June 1991 and soon afterwards joined Fiorentina where he spent nine seasons, scoring over 150 goals at a rate of more than one every two games. However, the team managed just one major domestic honour, the Italian Cup in 1996, and in the 2000 close season he moved on to AS Roma. Here he achieved immediate success, netting 20 goals as they won the Serie A championship in his first season.

To date Gabriel has won over 70 caps and is his country's all-time record goalscorer. He was a member of the teams that won the Copa America in both 1991 and 1993 as well as appearing in both the 1994 and 1998 World Cup final tournaments.

He maintained his World Cup finals ratio of a goal per game with the winner in Argentina's opener against Nigeria. With their early elimination though, Gabriel's retirement left him with a World Cup finals total of 10 goals in 12 games leaving him adrift of Gerd Muller's all-time finals record of 14 goals.

Appearances in World Cup Qualification: 5

Goals in World Cup Qualification: 5.

Club history

Team Joined Left Loan / Trialist
Newell's Old Boys 01 Jul 1988 01 Jul 1989
River Plate 01 Jul 1989 01 Jan 1990
Boca Juniors 01 Jan 1990 01 Jul 1991
Fiorentina 01 Jul 1991 01 Jul 2000
AS Roma 01 Jul 2000 01 Jan 2003
Internazionale 01 Jan 2003 01 Jul 2003
Al-Arabi (UAE) 01 Jul 2003

Club stats

Season Team Competition Apps Subs Goals Y R
1998-99 World XI FIGC Centenary 1
1
1999-00 Fiorentina UEFA Champions League 4
3
2
2000-01 AS Roma Serie A 28
20
3
2000-01 AS Roma UEFA Cup 1
3
1
1
2001-02 AS Roma Serie A 20
3
6
1
2001-02 AS Roma UEFA Champions League 9
2
1
2002-03 AS Roma Serie A 6
6
4
1
2002-03 AS Roma UEFA Champions League 3
3
1
2
2002-03 Internazionale Serie A 9
2
2


Please note: Career stats are based on performances in the Premier and Football Leagues and (in most cases all) internationals.

Club matches

Date Match Result Competition Round
16 Dec 1998 Italy v World XI L 6-2 FIGC CENTENARY


Please note: Match history is complete for the Premier and Football Leagues and (in most cases all) internationals.

International stats

Season Team Competition Apps Subs Goals Y R
1990-91 Argentina International Friendly 1
1991-92 Argentina Copa America 6
5
1991-92 Argentina International Friendly 1
2
1991-92 Argentina Kirin Japan Cup 2
2
1992-93 Argentina Artemio Franchi Trophy 1
1992-93 Argentina Copa America 4
1
1992-93 Argentina FIFA Confederations Cup 2
2
1992-93 Argentina International Friendly 1
1993-94 Argentina Copa America 2
2
1993-94 Argentina FIFA World Cup 11
6
1
1
1993-94 Argentina International Friendly 5
1
2
1994-95 Argentina Copa America 4
4
1994-95 Argentina FIFA Confederations Cup 3
2
1994-95 Argentina International Friendly 1
2
1995-96 Argentina FIFA World Cup 2
1
1995-96 Argentina International Friendly 3
1
1996-97 Argentina FIFA World Cup 4
2
1997-98 Argentina FIFA World Cup 6
5
1997-98 Argentina International Friendly 7
7
1998-99 Argentina International Friendly 1
1
1999-00 Argentina FIFA World Cup 3
3
1999-00 Argentina International Friendly 2
1
2000-01 Argentina FIFA World Cup 1
1
2001-02 Argentina FIFA World Cup 4
2
1


Please note: Career stats are based on performances in the Premier and Football Leagues and (in most cases all) internationals.

International matches

Date Match Result Competition Round
27 Jun 1991 Brazil v Argentina D 1-1 International Friendly
08 Jul 1991 Argentina v Venezuela W 3-0 Copa America Group A
10 Jul 1991 Chile v Argentina W 0-1 Copa America Group A
12 Jul 1991 Argentina v Paraguay W 4-1 Copa America Group A
17 Jul 1991 Brazil v Argentina W 2-3 Copa America Final round
19 Jul 1991 Chile v Argentina D 0-0 Copa America Final round
21 Jul 1991 Argentina v Colombia W 2-1 Copa America Final round
31 May 1992 Japan v Argentina W 0-1 KIRIN JAPAN CUP
03 Jun 1992 Argentina v Wales W 1-0 KIRIN JAPAN CUP
18 Jun 1992 Argentina v Australia W 2-0 International Friendly
16 Oct 1992 Argentina v Ivory Coast W 4-0 Intercontinental Championship Semi-final
20 Oct 1992 Saudi Arabia v Argentina W 1-3 Intercontinental Championship Final
18 Feb 1993 Argentina v Brazil D 1-1 International Friendly
24 Feb 1993 Argentina v Denmark W 1-1 (5-4) ARCHEMI FRANCHI
17 Jun 1993 Argentina v Bolivia W 1-0 Copa America Group C
20 Jun 1993 Argentina v Mexico D 1-1 Copa America Group C
23 Jun 1993 Argentina v Colombia D 1-1 Copa America Group C
27 Jun 1993 Brazil v Argentina W 1-1 (6-5) Copa America Quarter-final
01 Jul 1993 Argentina v Colombia W 0-0 (6-5) Copa America Semi-final
04 Jul 1993 Argentina v Mexico W 2-1 Copa America Final
01 Aug 1993 Peru v Argentina W 0-1 FIFA World Cup South America group A
08 Aug 1993 Paraguay v Argentina W 1-3 FIFA World Cup South America group A
22 Aug 1993 Argentina v Peru W 2-1 FIFA World Cup South America group A
29 Aug 1993 Argentina v Paraguay D 0-0 FIFA World Cup South America group A
05 Sep 1993 Argentina v Colombia L 0-5 FIFA World Cup South America group A
31 Oct 1993 Australia v Argentina D 1-1 FIFA World Cup OC/SA play-off
17 Nov 1993 Argentina v Australia W 1-0 FIFA World Cup Play-off
24 Mar 1994 Brazil v Argentina L 2-0 International Friendly
20 Apr 1994 Argentina v Morocco W 3-1 International Friendly
18 May 1994 Chile v Argentina D 3-3 International Friendly
25 May 1994 Ecuador v Argentina L 1-0 International Friendly
31 May 1994 Israel v Argentina W 0-3 International Friendly
04 Jun 1994 Croatia v Argentina D 0-0 International Friendly
21 Jun 1994 Argentina v Greece W 4-0 FIFA World Cup Finals Group D
25 Jun 1994 Argentina v Nigeria W 2-1 FIFA World Cup Finals Group D
30 Jun 1994 Argentina v Bulgaria L 0-2 FIFA World Cup Finals Group D
03 Jul 1994 Romania v Argentina L 3-2 FIFA World Cup Finals 2nd round
08 Jan 1995 Argentina v Japan W 5-1 FIFA Confederations Cup Group B
10 Jan 1995 Nigeria v Argentina D 0-0 FIFA Confederations Cup Group B
13 Jan 1995 Argentina v Denmark L 0-2 FIFA Confederations Cup Final
22 Jun 1995 Argentina v Slovakia W 6-0 International Friendly
30 Jun 1995 Argentina v Australia W 2-0 International Friendly
08 Jul 1995 Argentina v Bolivia W 2-1 Copa America Group C
11 Jul 1995 Argentina v Chile W 4-0 Copa America Group C
14 Jul 1995 Argentina v USA L 0-3 Copa America Group C
17 Jul 1995 Brazil v Argentina D 2-2 Copa America Quarter-final
20 Sep 1995 Spain v Argentina L 2-1 International Friendly
08 Nov 1995 Argentina v Brazil L 0-1 International Friendly
24 Apr 1996 Argentina v Bolivia W 3-1 FIFA World Cup CONMEBOL South American qualifier
02 Jun 1996 Ecuador v Argentina L 2-0 FIFA World Cup CONMEBOL South American qualifier
01 Sep 1996 Argentina v Paraguay D 1-1 FIFA World Cup CONMEBOL South American qualifier
09 Oct 1996 Venezuela v Argentina W 2-5 FIFA World Cup CONMEBOL South American qualifier
15 Dec 1996 Argentina v Chile D 1-1 FIFA World Cup CONMEBOL South American qualifier
12 Jan 1997 Uruguay v Argentina D 0-0 FIFA World Cup CONMEBOL South American qualifier
16 Nov 1997 Argentina v Colombia D 1-1 FIFA World Cup CONMEBOL South American qualifier
10 Mar 1998 Argentina v Bulgaria W 2-0 International Friendly
15 Apr 1998 Israel v Argentina L 2-1 International Friendly
22 Apr 1998 Republic of Ireland v Argentina W 0-2 International Friendly
29 Apr 1998 Brazil v Argentina W 0-1 International Friendly
14 May 1998 Argentina v Bosnia and Herzegovina W 5-0 International Friendly
19 May 1998 Argentina v Chile W 1-0 International Friendly
25 May 1998 Argentina v South Africa W 2-0 International Friendly
14 Jun 1998 Argentina v Japan W 1-0 FIFA World Cup Finals group H
21 Jun 1998 Argentina v Jamaica W 5-0 FIFA World Cup Finals group H
26 Jun 1998 Argentina v Croatia W 1-0 FIFA World Cup Finals group H
30 Jun 1998 Argentina v England W 2-2 (4-3) FIFA World Cup Finals 2nd round
04 Jul 1998 Netherlands v Argentina L 2-1 FIFA World Cup Finals quarter-final
31 Mar 1999 Netherlands v Argentina D 1-1 International Friendly
13 Oct 1999 Argentina v Colombia W 2-1 International Friendly
23 Feb 2000 England v Argentina D 0-0 International Friendly
29 Mar 2000 Argentina v Chile W 4-1 FIFA World Cup CONMEBOL South American qualifier
04 Jun 2000 Argentina v Bolivia W 1-0 FIFA World Cup CONMEBOL South American qualifier
29 Jun 2000 Colombia v Argentina W 1-3 FIFA World Cup CONMEBOL South American qualifier
08 Oct 2000 Argentina v Uruguay W 2-1 FIFA World Cup CONMEBOL South American qualifier
06 Oct 2001 Paraguay v Argentina D 2-2 FIFA World Cup CONMEBOL South American qualifier
02 Jun 2002 Argentina v Nigeria W 1-0 FIFA World Cup Finals group F
07 Jun 2002 Argentina v England L 0-1 FIFA World Cup Finals group F
12 Jun 2002 Sweden v Argentina D 1-1 FIFA World Cup Finals group F


Please note: Match history is complete for the Premier and Football Leagues and (in most cases all) internationals.