Gabriel Batistuta announced his retirement from professional football on March 14, 2005.

In an official statement to the press he said, "I am retiring as a professional footballer. Thank-you for all the affection that you have given me. Everything has a end, training for me was not the same any more, my enthusiasm was waning. So the time arrived to say goodbye to football. I'm ready for other challenges. I told the club that the motivation I once had was not there any more and we reached an agreement."

Bati said his retirement was "definitive" but added that he would still remain active in the game. "I will certainly continue in football in a different role," he said. "I will continue with my contractual, publicity and managerial commitments and finish my studies for coaching."

Bati is now back in Argentina and is now building a house in his hometown in Reconquista after living in Perth, Australia for the past few years. He also, for number of years now, have the certificate that allows him to be a coach so it remains to be seen if he would take up a coaching job some day. Please visit our Let's Talk Bati forum for the latest development.

Batistuta has denied reports that he is physically struggling due to playing injuries.

There were reports the former Barcelona and AS Roma striker could not walk because of knee problems. “I know what people are saying in Italy, but I’m doing well,” the Roma Scudetto winner underlined. “A lot of people are worried about my health, but I’m fine. The people I met in Florence a month ago can confirm that.

“I can walk without any problems and I even played golf with Italy boss Cesare Prandelli,” he continued. “My knees have never really given me any great problems, even if I have had difficulties with my ankles. I don’t play football anymore, but I walk, run, and enjoy myself playing polo and golf.”

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Argentina 1 – Bolivia 1, goals and highlights. Sergio Agüero 75′. News reports and photos


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Copa America 2011 starts today! Host Argentina will open the tournament against Bolivia tonight at 9:45 pm at the Estadio Ciudad da La Plata, La Plata. Vamos Argentina! Follow me on Facebook and Twitter for up to date news on Argentina. Watch a video of Bati talking about the tournament


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Gabriel Batistuta appeared on ESPN 107.9 FM on Wednesday, watch a clip here, thanks Pablo. There are also clips of him talking about River Plate below here


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