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I see no reason why Montella should give up his nr. 9 just because Bati wants it. Bati is a great forward but so is Montella. They both score a lot of goals and deserve nr. 9 but Montella was first so he owns it. Totti is a man of great respect, he don't care what nr. he has so please Bati act like an adult, it is not the nr. that will make goals but the feet!
Next year Roma will have a great team. Just they need to sell Nakata, he is good but Roma doesn't need him. With Emerson and Totti Roma already has two players who "see" the game.

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It is pretty sad Bati has not even arrived in Rome yet and their is a controversey over a stupid #..Does this determine the downfall of Roma before the season starts..?
 
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Montella has to realise that Batistuta is one of the most accomplished strikers in the world. He also has to realise that Batistuta is getting old, and it would be a shame to see Bati play with any other no. so late in his career.
 

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I agree the argument is stupid, but it is Batiogol's big ego which is causing the problem. Imagine, you are Montella, and you were pound for 16 million pounds last year, and given the sacred number 9 jersey. Now this older player, although he may be the best in the world, is threatening your job. Montella's worries about the #9 are an extension of his fear about his job.
 
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Dont give your shirt away Montella!

Bati, can play in any number. As long as he scores loads of goals. Who cares what number he plays in.

For Totti to give his shirt away would be also very stupid.

Totti is still the number one man in Roma!
 

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will batistuta play better if he has the no.9 on his back? will he play worse if he maybe has no.18?
NO
its all about ego
totti has gained my respect, by offering to give batistuta the no.10

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But the contract promised bati the no. 9

come on, this thing is about respect!!! Bati deserves it more than montella. if you think bati can play well in other jersey too, so does montella! i repect totti for what he does, but it is not about his jersey!

if ronaldo or vieri were to arrive in roma, i bet the no. 9 jersey would go to them, montella won't keep it. i don't think bati really care about the jersey number, he wore no. 10 at the match between italy and the rest of the world. it's just that montella is not paying respect to him that annoyed him.
 
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Vieri wears 32 in Lazio.

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Vieri wears 32 in Lazio.

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i totally agree with ANGEL...its all about respecting the best players in football and he has been such a great for so many years that he should be get more respect that montella is giving him. it has always been a tradition with players. montella is being selfish in my opinion. i know its just a number, but for a great like batigol, its more than just a number.

i respect totti for what he said, but the number 9 is batigol's.
 
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im a lazio fan but i think Batigoals ego should have 2 do anything with the #.

He cant just come into any club and demand whatevr he wants.

if i was montella id leave the club if they took my #.




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Hey, when 'Mr. Injury Prone' Ronaldo went to Inter he demanded to wear the #9 jersey... and now he is injured as usual...

[This message has been edited by Cyborg (edited 06-06-2000).]
 
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Zamorano as many of you know wears 1+8 in the back for inter because ronaldo took the 9 shirt.

anyway, how do you think the scenario will end? who will acctualy wear the #9 come opening game?


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Bati is so arrogant!
Montella should keep his Number 9! :)
It belongs to him,and just 'coz Bati was paid a fortune doesnt mean he can demand and treat people like they are lower than him!
What will he ask next? :(
 

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Batigol said he will play with any number. Montella played down his supposed row with Batigol about who wears the number 9 shirt, saying, 'I've got infinite respect for him and I never wanted to argue about the no 9 shirt. It'll be a privilege to play alongside such a great player.'
 

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Montell wants to make clear that he is second choice to none.And he wouldnt care less about the number if he was always a starter.

Cyborg,these comments are for the public,do yiou expect a player to come out and say "well,they bought what they call a better forward than me and I may not start and this is really pissing me off because i'm better and I want to leave this ****ing club"

Of course not,everything will be "fine" until Montella leaves.

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