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The legendary retired footballer Diego Maradona once stated that Gabriel Batistuta is the best striker he has ever seen play the game. Batistuta made a name for himself during his time as a performer for the Italian side Fiorentina as the Argentinean attacker scored over 150 goals.
Batista managed to lift trophies in just about every single club he joined but after the Argentinean decided to retire in 2005, he has revealed the brutal excruciating pain he suffered in his legs which led Batistuta even begging doctors to remove his legs.
Normally, when a footballer decides to retire one of the main reasons why they take that decision is to rest and simply relax after all those years of playing non-stop but the first few years of Batistuta’s retirement saw him suffering from an ankle pain he felt.
Batistuta told reporters: “I left football and overnight I couldn’t walk. I wet the bed even though the bathroom was only three meters away. It was 4am and I knew if I stood my ankle would kill me. I went to see Doctor Avanzi and told him to cut off my legs. He looked at me and told me I was crazy. I couldn’t bear it any longer. I can’t put in to words just how bad the pain was. I looked at Oscar Pistorius and said, “that’s my solution” .My problem is that I have no cartilage or tendons. My 86 kilos are supported by bones alone. That’s what generated the pain. I’m much better now than I was three years ago.”
Instead of having his legs amputated, Batistuta decided to have screws inserted to his right leg and he went on saying that things are much better than some years ago.
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Tom Ince saw his contract with Blackpool get expired earlier in June as the English midfielder turned into a free agent with the possibility of another club having the chance on signing him on a free transfer which is what Hull City managed to do despite having interest from Inter Milan.
The giants of Italy, Inter Milan displayed interest in signing the young player and at a point in time it was even believed that a transfer was just about to be completed but Tom Ince eventually joined Hull City instead and he spoke to the media about why he decided to deny Inter Milan and go for Hull City.
Tom Ince said: ‘’at my age, the most important thing to think about is my football development and I’ve come to Hull to be educated. Anyone can go to a status club and pick up five times more money but I am a football person. And that’s why this move is right for me. It was very close. The San Siro was unbelievable. That’s an ambition of mine but I don’t think you should jump the gun. One day I hope to follow my fathers to wear the Liverpool shirt.’
So instead of joining Inter Milan, a club that is playing in almost every single season either in the Champions League or in the Europa League, Tom Ince opted to choose a club that is struggling just trying to keep themselves alive in the Premier League.
Some days ago Ashley Cole stated that English players are afraid trying to move away from their countries and local clubs, and decisions like this one might be why Cole launched those statements. Some supporters and followers of Tom Ince don’t agree to his decision as they said that making a move to Italy would have been a great opportunity for him to expand his knowledge of the sport as well as having the chance to perform in different squads and playing style.
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Former Fiorentina star Gabriel Batistuta says that he is envious of the players who will be playing against Juventus in the Europa league quarter-finals. The Europa league quarter-finals will be contested between an all Italian affair in one of the rounds. This is because Fiorentina will be taking on Juventus, who were close to sealing the Italian Serie A title this season. Juventus will be the overwhelming favourites, but Batistuta says that Fiorentina have a great chance since they will be concentrating a lot on this competition.
Batistuta is regarded as one of the world’s best players and he represented Fiorentina for the much of his career. However, he did not have the opportunity to play in the top European competitions and even when he did so, Fiorentina were not in the latter stages of the competition. This is not the case after the appointment of Vincenzo Montella, as the club are close to rediscovering their best form. Ahead of the first leg Europa league quarter-final with Juventus, Batistuta says that he is hoping that Fiorentina reached the semifinals or even the finals. If they do so, then Batistuta has promised to be in the stadium to cheer on the team.
The first leg match between the two clubs finished as a 1-1 draw with Juventus grabbing a late equaliser.
“If Vincenzo Montella’s team gets through, I will try to be at the Final in Turin. I don’t want to make too many promises, but if they get past this round then they have everything it takes to reach the Final. I think the enthusiasm of the city is justified, as they are challenging to progress in a competition that is worth a European trophy. To be honest, I feel jealous of the players at this moment,” said the Argentine striker.