“When I was playing football I never enjoyed it that much, I was never happy.”
Gabriel Omar Batistuta may not have cared much for a sport he was clearly born to play but that didn't seem to matter. Because, despite his apathy towards the game, he was really good at it.
Especially scoring goals. Lots of goals. Two-hundred-and-forty-four of the little buggers to be precise. Many of them thunder-bastardos struck so super-sweetly they seemed to defy physics and logic.
There are a handful of other elite professionals who didn't much like football when they played the game - David Batty, Bobby Zamora, Benoit Assou-Ekotto, to name just three. But there are few in this unusual category as naturally gifted, as easy on the eye as Batistuta. The game came easy to the Adonis from Santa Fe.
Newell's Old Boys - 1988-89