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'I didn't join Real Madrid because I would have scored 200 goals': Former Argentine striker reveals why he rejected Los Blancos and AC Milan

3.44K   //    26 Feb 2019, 18:38 IST

Gabriel Batistuta playing for Fiorentina
Gabriel Batistuta playing for Fiorentina

What's the story?

Former Argentine forward, Gabriel Batistuta, revealed why he rejected Real Madrid, claiming that he would have scored 200 goals and got bored.

In case you didn't know...

Gabriel Batistuta was known for his penchant for scoring goals, as he had over 150 goals in the Serie A in his career, mainly for Fiorentina. The Italian League is still known as extremely uncomfortable for goalscorers, but Batistuta was simply unstoppable at his peak.

As a result of his exploits in the Italian top flight, he generated wide interest from top clubs across all Europe, and was one of the most sought after strikers in world football during his peak.

The Argentine went down as one of the greatest strikers to feature in the Serie A, due to his sensational efficiency in front of goal.

Meanwhile, Real Madrid's attraction towards the best players in the world is well known. As evident from their 'Galacticos' policy, their interest towards a striker like Batistuta was no secret.

During his glittering career, Batistuta rejected many top clubs which included Real Madrid, as Los Blancos failed to tempt the forward with a move away.

The heart of the matter

The former Argentine sharp shooter has finally revealed his reasoning behind his decision to reject the likes of Real Madrid and AC Milan in his career..

The Argentine said in an interview with American Business Forum as quoted by Spanish outlet, Marca

"I never enjoyed being the star-man because as soon as you become the focal point of the team, you assume an extra burden of responsibility."
"I received many offers namely from Real Madrid, Manchester United and Milan, but I preferred the tranquility of playing for Fiorentina.
"If I had gone to Madrid, I would have scored more than 200 goals, but I knew I would have got bored.
"The same thing would have happened to me at Milan.
"Although I have never won a major trophy, I consider myself a winner because I helped Fiorentina to compete with the big boys," he concluded.

What's next?

Gabriel Batistuta celebrated his 50th Birthday earlier this month as his exploits in the Italian League is still only matched by few other greats.

Meanwhile, Real Madrid will take on arch rivals Barcelona twice in their own home in the coming week.