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Tuesday January 2 2018
Borja Valero versus the Viola

Tears could be shed when Borja Valero visits his beloved Fiorentina, but there can never be bitterness for the Mayor of Florence, writes Giancarlo Rinaldi.

Roberto Baggio could not bring himself to take a penalty, while Manuel Rui Costa always seemed to play a little below his own immense standards. And Gabriel Batistuta, of course, burst into tears when he scored a goal. Playing against Fiorentina, for any former Viola legend, can do strange things to a man.

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Wednesday December 13 2017
Batistuta ‘wanted legs amputated’

Calcio icon Gabriel Batistuta has revealed the sheer extent of his post-retirement hell. “I thought about getting my legs amputated.”

Batistuta’s ankle problems did not stop him from scoring 242 goals for Fiorentina, Roma and Inter, but the former Argentina striker – while in better health now – confessed he was close to reaching breaking point after he had hung up his boots.

“My relationship with football was professional and mutual. I gave everything,” he told Marca.

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Wednesday December 13 2017
Batistuta: Fazio one of the best

Serie A legend Gabriel Batistuta has ranked Roma’s Federico Fazio as one of the best defenders in the world.

Fazio has gone from being surplus to requirements at Tottenham Hotspur to a mainstay in Roma’s back four and an Argentina international in the space of a year, prompting Batistuta to hold his countryman in the highest regard.

“The best in my time? Baresi, Nesta, Maldini, Chamot, Vierchowod...” the former Giallorossi striker told Marca.

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Friday October 20 2017
‘Argentina must count on Higuain’

Fiorentina and Argentina legend Gabriel Batistuta believes his country “must count on” Juventus striker Gonzalo Higuain at the World Cup.

Higuain has fallen out of favour for Argentina since Jorge Sampaoli’s appointment over the summer, with Inter star Mauro Icardi preferred, but Batistuta feels the former Napoli hitman “was treated very badly” by his country. 

“Higuain was treated very badly,” he told Radio La Red.

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Tuesday August 29 2017
Happy birthday, Fiorentina

On this day 91 years ago, Fiorentina were formed by the merger of CS Firenze and PGF Libertas.

While some claim that the game Calcio Fiorentino was the precursor of modern football, the game as we know it today was introduced to Florence in 1898 with the formation of Florence Football Club.

That side lasted just nine years, with two sides, Palestra Ginnastica Fiorentina Libertas and Club Sportivo Firenze taking most of the players.

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Monday July 10 2017
Batistuta ‘has trouble walking’

Fiorentina legend Gabriel Batistuta admits “I have difficulty walking because I gave more than I had to give” in football.

Batistuta scored 242 goals for Fiorentina, Roma and Inter between 1991 and 2003, but the former Argentina striker revealed his prolific ways had taken its toll.

“Is it true that I once said I never liked football? I did say it, but I was trying to protect myself against the Press and the public,” he told FIFA 1904.

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Monday May 15 2017
Ranieri: 'Never say never to Fiorentina'

Former Fiorentina boss Claudio Ranieri reveals he'd 'never say never' to a return to the Stadio Artemio Franchi.

The veteran Coach was at the club from 1993 to 1997, and managed their promotion back from Serie B alongside winning two trophies with the likes of Gabriel Batistuta and Manuel Rui Costa in the side.

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Thursday April 6 2017
Batistuta: ‘Give Icardi a chance’

Argentina legend Gabriel Batistuta believes Mauro Icardi should be given a chance ahead of Gonzalo Higuain.

The Inter captain has been given just one cap by his country, and has been repeatedly left out by current Coach Edgardo Bauza.

While Higuain has 31 goals in 68 caps, Batistuta believes the Juventus striker should be dropped, at least temporarily.

“The number 9 has to be the one who scores the goals,” ‘Batigol’, who scored 56 goals in 78 caps told TyC Sports.

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Monday April 3 2017
Capello: Belotti better than Batistuta

Fabio Capello reveals a belief that Torino striker Andrea Belotti is possibly 'even better technically' than Gabriel Batistuta.

The Coach won the Scudetto with Roma in 2001, with the help of 20 goals from the legendary Argentine striker.

After discussing the Napoli-Juve match from Sunday evening, and the situation regarding a takeover at Milan, the Coach revealed why he left Roma in 2004.

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Saturday January 28 2017
Argentina don't cry for Icardi

There’s a complex relationship between Argentina and Mauro Icardi, but Richard Hall asks if his country is making a huge mistake.

For those that saw Diego Maradona’s star finally fade under the blue Italian sky in Italia 90, this may be a little easier to comprehend. For those have been brought up only seeing the mesmerising skill set of Lionel Messi, then prepare yourself. It’s coming to an end, he won’t be around for ever. The fact that these two players have graced four decades for Argentina is a miracle, this talent is rare.

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