In summer 1978 when Argentina won his domestic World Cup, Gabriel Omar Batistuta, a nine year old, living in a small city of Reconquista in the province of Santa Fe, dreamt of one day replicating the heroics of the likes of Mario Kempes, Daniel Passarella and Leopoldo Luque. In pursuit of his dreams Batistuta switched from basketball and started kicking a football on street corners. He was drafted into the Platense Junior team by a watchful scout. While at Platense, Batistuta broke into a bigger Reconquista team and went on to win the provincial championship against the youth team of the renowned Newell’s Old Boys, scoring two goals in the process. Impressed by his performance Newell’s Old Boys snapped him up. A year later, at the age of 19, Batistuta signed a professional contract with Newell’s. However, he experienced an unpleasant debut season and was loaned off to Deportivo Italiano of Buenos Aires. In february 1989 Batistuta and the Deportivo Italiano played the friendly tournoiment "Coppa Carnevale". The Argentine team was in the "death group" with Milan AC of Van Basten and the Napoli of Diego Maradona. With two 0-0 face of the italian monsters the Deportivo made a good impression and versus CSKA Sofia Gabriel Omar Batistuta scored a hat-trick for a 3-0 victory. Then when he went back to Argentina, Batistuta joined one of the titans of Argentine football – River Plate.
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Source : En Una Baldosa