Gabriel Batistuta wanted both his feet to be cut after he ended his professional career.
The Ex Argentina international made that revelation in a television programme last afternoon.
Batistuta, who found the net as many as 78 times at the international level, started feeling unbearable pain after he stopped playing. The pain was so much that at times he was not able to even get himself to the washroom.
According to Batistuta, he wanted to get rid of that pain somehow and at that point of time, he thought there was no option available other than getting the feet cut. But, the doctors convinced him that the pain could be reduced by other ways too and they did it by fitting screws.
The 45-old is completely alright now.
Batistuta was the product of the youth academy of Newell’s Old Boys. He went on to feature for clubs like Roma and Internazionale. He had been a big headache for the defensive lines of all the top teams in Italy between 2000 and 2003.
Speaking in that programme, Batistuta said, “I hung my boots and within a few days, I started finding it almost impossible to walk. I don’t know what happened in such a quick time. Maybe, the stress of all those years had, all of a sudden, taken its toll. I had to go to the washroom one night, but, I could not. The pain was that much.”
“I met my doctor and I let him know what I wanted. He was absolutely shocked and he straightaway refused to do that. He decided to use the screws instead and that worked. I feel pretty good now. But, those few nights were horrific.”
Batistuta played his last professional match in 2005 for Al-Arabi FC.