Batistuta breaks Hamrin's record

Published May 16th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

Argentina's Gabriel Batistuta hit a hat-trick and broke Fiorentina's Serie A scoring record in their 3-0  

demolition of Venezia on the last day of the season hinting that he will leave the club. 

His first goal was originally credited to teammate Alessandro Pierini but was later awarded to Batistuta, who got a touch to Pierini's shot. 

Batistuta's hat-trick took his total number of goals with Fiorentina in Serie A to 152, one more than the club's great Swedish striker from the 1950s Kurt Hamrin. 

Batistuta said that he wanted to break the Serie A record before leaving Florence and after scoring his third goal, Batistuta threw himself to the ground in a flood of tears recognizing that he did. 

Batistuta broke Hamrin's record for the highest number of league goals with Fiorentina this season and hints at leaving the club saying, " I haven't slept properly for six months because I've been thinking so much about my future," quoted Reuters.  

"I'm happy here but the distance between me and the club is enormous. If I do go, I hope Florence will applaud me one day for my return" - (Agencies)  


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