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Batistuta becomes second highest transfer ever
May 31st 2000

ROME, May 31 (AFP) - The transfer of flamboyant Argentine striker Gabriele Batistuta from Serie A outfit Fiorentina to rivals AS Roma for 70 billion lire (33.6 million dollars) is the second highest transfer fee ever paid, reported the Italian press Wednesday.

The signing was revealed Tuesday in the Argentine press and confirmed later in the day by the player's agent Settimo Aloisio after negotiations in Buenos Aires that went late into the night.

The transfer fee falls 20 million lire (9.6 million dollars) short of the 90 billion lire (43.2 million dollars) Inter Milan paid Lazio for Italian international Christian Viera last year.

The 31-year-old striker is set to earn over 12 billion lire (5.7 million dollars) a year but it is the end of Batistuta's nine-year love affair with the Fiorentina fans.

Batistuta, who joined Fiorentina in 1991 from Argentinian side Boca Juniors, is the Italian club's leading post-war scorer with 166 league goals in 265 appearances.

The star striker, once voted one of the sports sexiest male athletes, is in Buenos Aires preparing for his country's World Cup qualifier on Sunday against Bolivia.






[This message has been edited by Cyborg (edited 31-05-2000).]
 

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It's the second highest transfer ever, not the third, like someone posted on another topic.
 
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