One of the greatest Argentinian footballers of all time, Gabriel Batistuta is sometimes considered as big a name as Diego Maradona. In this post, we are to top facts about Gabriel Batistuta which covers different aspects of his personal, marital, and footballing life.
When we say top facts about Gabriel Batistuta, we actually mean every aspect of Gabriel Batistuta personal life including
Gabriel Batitstua Childhood
, Gabriel Batistuta parents, Gabriel Batistuta children, and indeed Gabriel Batistuta net worth and salary.
As mentioned above, we also cover Gabriel Batistuta’s footballing life which includes Gabriel Batistuta stats - footballing stats in fact, Gabriel Batistuta transfer market stats when he was a player, and any honors and achievements he earned during his footballing life.
Part of the top facts about Gabriel Batistuta is surely concerned with his digital life; we mean Gabriel Batistutua social media accounts and how many followers he has on them.
Well, before anything else let’s tell you about
Gabriel Batistuta age
: Gabriel Batistuta was born on February 1, 1969 in the city of Avellaneda, Buenos Aires, Argentina, so, he’s by now 52 years old, and indeed retired. As for Gabriel Batistuta childhood, we should tell you something amazing: Unlike many other top footballers in their childhood, football was not Batistuta’s first priority as a child. He actually preferred other sports to football, and since he was tall, he played Basketball more.
As a child, Batistuta had some crazy hobbies like standing on the back of a horse while it was moving and even doing somersaults at the same time. He was indeed a playful child who, as they say, had tried almost every playing equipment in his school playground, however, that didn’t mean he was negligent of his studies. Batistuta was indeed a science student who dreamt of becoming a physician, and they say, he even spent hours after hours in the science laboratory of his school.
Well then, where did football actually come into Batistuta’s life? As we mentioned above, football wasn’t the first sport Batistuta showed interest in. In fact, Batistuta had never shown real interest in football until 1978 FIFA World Cup that Argentina finished as the world champions. He was impressed with the playstyle of the then Argentine international, Mario Kempes, and started to think more seriously about football. Batistuta’s first real touch with football, like many other top footballers in the world, was on the streets and with his friends.
Soon, the young Batistuta saw himself playing for a small club named Grupo Alegria and then for the youth team of a more major club,Platense
. While at Platense, he was selected for a club’s team called Reconquista team, and with them he won a provincial championship after beating Newell's Old Boys in the final. In that game, Batistuta scored two goals; what actually drew the attention of the opposition team’s manager, Marcelo Bielsa, who brought in the young Argentinian talent to his team in 1988.
At Newell's Old Boys, the young Batistuta didn’t actually feel at home. He was away from his family and his girlfriend, Irina, and had to live where he trained. Besides, he had a weight problem that had slowed his progress at the club. In fact, at the end of the same year - we mean 1988, Batistuta was loaned out to a minor Argentinian club namedSportivo Italiano
with whom he competed in Italian Carnevale Cup, and also ended up as the competition’s top scorer with 3 goals.
Gabriel Batistuta parents
, we should say that they are Omar Batistuta (father) and Gloria Zilli (mother). Batistuta’s father was actually a slaughterhouse worker and his mother a school secretary. However, there is no more information on these two at hand; for instance, we don’t know how old they are now, what they do, or even if they are alive or have passed away.
Batistuta is the youngest child and the only son of his parents. He has three older sisters named Elisa, Alejandra, and Gabriela. We have also no information on them except for that they have private accounts on the social media platforms, Instagram and Facebook.
Part of the
top facts about Gabriel Batistuta
is surely concerned with Gabriel Batistuta stats in his footballing life. Batistuta served seven clubs, namely the Argentinian clubs, Newell's Old Boys, River Plate, and Boca Juniors, the Italian clubs Fiorentina, AS Roma, andInter Milan
- the last one on loan, and the Qatari club, Al-Arabi, during his 17-year career which lasted from 1988 to 2005.
And during this time, Batistuta made a total of 555 appearances at club level and scored 300 goals which gets him a club goal-to-appearance ratio of 0.54 meaning that the top former Argentinian striker scored a little bit more than one goal (exactly 1.08) in every two appearances that he made at club level.
The club Batistuta served the most during his career wasFiorentina
. He actually served the Italian club for 9 years between 1991 and 2000 and during this time made a total of 333 appearances and scored 207 goals for them across all competitions which gets him even a better goal-to-appearance ratio than his overall club one: 0.64. It is as Batistuta’s appearances for other clubs during his career never reached 100 and he also never served a club more than 3 years.
And what about
Gabriel Batistuta stats
at international level? Batistuta served the Argentinian national team for 11 years between 1991 and 2001 and during this time he made a total of 77 appearances and scored 54 goals for them which gets him a goal-to-appearance ratio even better than that of his at Fiorentina and his overall club goal-to-appearance ratio: 0.7 that means the top former Argentinian striker scored almost 1.5 goals (exactly 1.4) in every two appearances that he made for his country’s national team.
Gabriel Batistuta transfer market stats
, we should say that the top Argentinian former footballer experienced a huge rise in his market value when he was transferred from Fiorentina to AS Roma in July 2000 for a transfer fee of $39.77 million. We say huge because Batistuta’s previous transfer fee to this, actually for his transfer fromBoca Juniors
to Fiorentina in 1991 was only $2.75 million.
Other than what was mentioned above, Batistuta was never transferred for a fee during his career. We mean the rest of his transfers, namely his transfers from Newell's Old Boys to River Plate in 1989, fromRiver Plate
to Boca Juniors in 1990, and from AS Roma to Al-Arabi in 2003, were all free transfers. Batistuta was also loan transferred to Inter Milan in 2003 where he made 12 appearances for the Italian club and scored 2 goals for them.
If we are to
top facts about Gabriel Batistuta
, we will never skip that part of his personal life which is concerned with his family; we mean Gabriel Batistuta wife and Gabriel Batistuta children. As for Gabriel Batistuta wife, we should say her name, as we have already mentioned in this post, is Irina. But what more do we know about her? Let’s first tell you about her complete name.
That is Irina Fernandez. She and Gabriel first met at her quinceanera - a ceremonial rite for the 15th birthday of a girl which has its roots in the Mexican culture, in 1985 when Gabriel was 16 years old, and just 5 years later in 1990 they got married to each other at Saint Roque Church.
Gabriel Batistuta children
, we should say that the top former Argentinian footballer has 4 sons: Thiago, Lucas, Joaquin, and Shamel. Thiago was born just a year after Batistuta’s marriage to his wife; actually in 1991, so by now, he’s 30 years old. He’s a TV actor who had his debut in the filming world in 2009 where he played as Martin in the TV series, Consent. Thiago is not an Instagram influencer, but he’s famed for being Batistuta’s first son and has around 170,000 followers on the social media platform.
Batistuta’s second son, Lucas, was actually born six years after Thiago in 1997, so he’s by now 24 years old. They say he has an interest in football and wants to be as big a footballer as his father. Just seven years before, in 2014, as they believe, he played for the fifth-tier club, Porta Romana, however, beyond that, we don’t know what he has done, what actually has happened to him, or if he still pursues his career or not. That’s not actually been revealed.
And what about Batistuta’s third son? Well, his name is Joaquin, as we already mentioned, and he was born in 1999, so he’s by now 22 years old. Just like his brother, Lucas, not much is revealed about him, except for that, he worked in a photocopy shop just two years before in 2019 to buy his first car. Seems that he didn’t like to use his father’s cars!
And the fourth son of Batistuta, Shamel, is even more in the shadows than his brothers. He was born somewhere between 2000 and 2001; actually 2 years before his father was loaned out to the Italian club, Inter Milan - he’s by now around 20 years old.
Just to tell you the truth, Batistuta’s family had already moved to Roma in 2000, because Batistuta had signed a contact with AS Roma to play for them for 3 years; actually until 2003. And the family has the experience of living in a Middle-Eastern country - better said Arab country, Qatar, from 2003 to 2005 when Batistuta played for the Qatari club,Al-Arabi
, as a celebrity player indeed.
Part of the top facts about Gabriel Batistuta is surely concerned with how much the top former Argentinian footballer has earned to this date; we mean Gabriel Batistuta net worth and Gabriel Batistuta salary, if there is any today. Well, as for
Gabriel Batistuta net worth
, we should say the answer is almost $6 million. This is what Batistuta has earned from his salaries as a player and his advertisement contracts.
Batistuta actually gained fame through his top performances for the Italian teams, Fiorentina andAS Roma
, and the Argentinian national team. It was after gaining such a fame that Batistuta featured in several commercials and was invited to numerous TV shows, however, he always remained the good and humble family man he was. We mean he just didn’t use that fame to gain more and more of it.
As for Batistuta’s current job, we should say that he owns a construction company in Argentina and he also runs it, so the question how much Gabriel Batistuta salary is remains unanswered because it seems he actually pays salaries! And if he receives a salary, let’s say, as his own company’s CEO, it is not revealed yet.
Of course, you might ask how much
Gabriel Batistuta salary
was as a player; well, in answer to that we should say the top former Argentinian footballer received his highest salary as a player at AS Roma which was actually $5.2 million a year. He also received $4 million and $2.7 million when at Al-Arabi and Fiorentina, respectively.
Although Batistuta has never worked as a manager, though he showed interest in becoming either the Argentinian or Australian national team’s coach in 2006, he only worked as the technical secretary of an Argentinian club named Colon in 2012-13 season. Batistuta has also worked briefly as a commentator for the sports news channel, Fox Sports, and appeared as himself in the episode 99 of an Argentinian telenovela named Muneca brava where he was interviewed by the Uruguayan fashion designer and actress, Natalia Oreiro.
Well, surely part of the footballing life of any footballer is concerned with the honors and achievements that footballer has gained during his career and Batistuta is no exception to this rule. You might guess that Batistuta won most of his club trophies with Italian teams, that, we should say, is true to some extent because he actually won 5 club trophies with the Italian clubs, Fiorentina and AS Roma, while he only won two club trophies with the Argentinian clubs, River Plate and Boca Juniors - one with each.
Batistuta actually won one Serie A title with AS Roma in 2000-01 season, oneSerie B
title with Fiorentina in 1993-94 season, two Italian Super Cups with the same clubs in 1996 and 2001, and one Italian Cup in 1995-96 with Fiorentina. With the Argentinian national team, Batistuta won two Copa America trophies in 1991 and 1993, one FIFA Confederations Cup in 1992, and one Artemio Franchi - a competition held only twice between the champions of UEFA European Championship and Copa America - trophy in 1993, but unfortunately no World Cup trophy.
Batistuta has also a number of individual honors and awards to his name includingCopa America
Top Scorer in 1991 and 1995, Serie A Top Scorer in 1994-95 season, Italian Cup Top Scorer in 1995-96 season, Serie A Foreign Footballer of the Year in 1999, and Argentine Player of the Year in 1998 just to name a few. He was also inducted into Italian, Fiorentina, and AS Roma Halls of Fame in 2013, 2014, and 2015, respectively. Batistuta never won a Ballon d'Or trophy during his career, but he finished 4th once in the 1999 edition of the trophy competition.
A prolific goalscorer who scored 1.08 goals in every two appearances that he made during his club career, Batistuta was a feared striker known for his attacking moves, air dominance, and finishing abilities with both feet, though he was naturally a right-footed player. He was so aggressive on the ball that once the sports radio station, Talksport, said about him: “Batistuta struck shots with such controlled violence you’d think he had a vendetta against balls. And nets.”
Batistuta was indeed never satisfied with the number of goals he scored - perhaps that’s one of the reasons he was a prolific goalscorer. “When I was playing football I never enjoyed it that much, I was never happy ... if I scored two goals, I wanted a third, I always wanted more. Now it's all over I can look back with satisfaction,” he said once in an interview with FIFA.
Other than his goalscoring talents, Batistuta was also famed for the way he finished: Acrobatic goals from volleys, bicycle kicks, and tight angles even when he was on the run, and not only that, he was also a powerful free kick taker. The legendary Argentinian footballer, Diego Maradona, once said about Batistuta that he was the best striker he had ever seen in his life.
So much power and some much aggressive play; that meant nothing but too many injuries for the top former Argentinian footballer who was somehow hampered by them, especially at his late career. They even believe that it was these injuries that forced Batistuta to retire; the same injuries that had their effect on Batistuta’s life even after his retirement in 2005: In a TV interview in 2014, Batistuta said that the pain he felt in his ankles after retirement were too intense that even he had once urinated in bed with the toilet just a few steps away.
And that was not the only issue; the intensity of the pain had even had Batistuta ask his doctor to amputate his legs to relieve the pain. Thanks God that his doctor turned down his request! However, later Batistuta underwent a surgery on his cartilage and tendons which slightly improved his condition and relieved some of the pain but not all of it. Once again, in 2017, Batistuta said in an interview he had difficulty walking and even moving his body sometimes. Is that because of the stress he exerted on his legs in his aggressive plays during his career? Most probably.
Part of the top facts about Gabriel Batistuta is surely concerned with his digital life! We mean his social media accounts. As for
Gabriel Batistuta social media accounts
, we should say that the top former Argentinian footballer has an account in the three major social media platforms,Instagram
. And the interesting fact here is that he has joined all the three platforms since March 2018, however, the number of followers Batistuta has on these platforms are not the same.
The top former Argentinian footballer has the most number of followers on Instagram: Around 580K, and he has posted 269 photos and videos on the social media platform up to this date (...). The next social medial platform Batistuta has the most followers on is Facebook. He has actually more than 451K followers on Facebook and more than 257K people have liked his page on the social media platform. And on Twitter? He has actually near 207K followers and has posted 331 tweets until now.
Here are some fast
facts about Gabriel Batistuta
Gabriel Batistuta is 52 years, 8 months, and 21 days old as of now.
Gabriel Batistuta’s zodiac sign is Aquarius.
Gabriel Batistuta is 1.85m tall and weighs 83kg.
Gabriel Batistuta has two nicknames: Angel Gabriel and Batigol, the latter probably he was given for his goalscoring talent.
As far as we know, Batistuta has only one tattoo on his left arm.
Gabriel Batistuta is Christian by religion and Catholic - Roman Catholic actually - by faith.
Gabriel Batistuta’s jersey number was 9 majorly throughout his career, in fact in the 9 years that he served Fiorentina, but he also tried jerseys number 18, 20, and 33 at AS Roma, and jersey number 19 at Inter Milan during his career.
Gabriel Batistuta received a total of 56 yellow cards during his career 53 of which were at club and 3 at international level. He also received two red cards during his career which were both at club level and indirect ones - from the second yellow card actually.
Gabriel Batistuta was named on the FIFA 100 list which is a list of the greatest living footballers in 20th century composed by the Brazilian legend, Pele.
With 10 World Cup goals, Gabriel Batistuta is the eighth highest World Cup scorer jointly with Thomas Muller and Helmut Rahn of Germany, Gary Lineker of England, Teofilo Cubillas of Peru, and Grzegorz Lato of Poland.
With 54 goals scored in 77 appearances, Gabriel Batistuta was Argentina’s all-time top scorer until 2016 that his record was broken by Lionel Messi.
After his retirement from professional football, Gabriel Batistuta did not quit sports altogether. He plays golf and polo in his free time.
Gabriel Batistuta has a farm that he shares with his father and on which he grows cattle.