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Argentina striker Gabriel Batistuta agreed to join Italian soccer club Roma on a three-year contract from Serie A rival Fiorentina, Roma said.

Roma said in a statement that details of the 31-year-old's contract had been completed late Monday although the transfer wouldn't be completed until Fiorentina agreed to it, adding that negotiations with the Florence club were continuing.

Financial details weren't released, though Italian neswpapers reported that Roma would pay 70 billion lire ($33 million) for Batistuta, making him soccer's third most expensive player. The move will end his nine-year stay with Fiorentina.

Batistuta was second top-scorer in Italy's top division last season. He joined Fiorentina in 1991 after winning the Argentine league with Boca Juniors and the Copa America with Argentina, replacing former World Footballer of the Year Roberto Baggio as the fans' favorite.

He remained loyal to the club after its relegation to the Second Division, or Serie B, in 1993, and scored 26 goals in his second season back among the elite to finish top-scorer in the Italian championship in 1995.

A hat-trick against Venezia in the final game of the 1999- 2000 season lifted Batistuta to 152 goals for Fiorentina, breaking the previous record of 151 by Swede Kurt Hamrin.

Batistuta played for his country in the 1994 and 1998 World Cups, scoring four and five goals respectively, and won a second Copa America in 1993. At Fiorentina, he won the 1996 Italian Cup and Italian Super Cup.

Fiorentina has previously resisted attempts by some of Europe's top clubs to sign him, including England's Manchester United and various Italian sides.

AS Roma is one of Italy's two traded soccer clubs, along with city rival Lazio
 

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He lives in the Argentina countryside in his farms.

there were some rumours he was sick, with problems in his legs. lots of pain.
 

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He lives in the Argentina countryside in his farms.

there were some rumours he was sick, with problems in his legs. lots of pain.
Don't know about the farms but I remember reading about the pain in his legs too.
 

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Batigol? I had lunch with him last week. He's doing okay, I'll send him your regards.
 
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