Argentine marksman Gabriel Batistuta was feared not only in Italy, but worldwide.
He set the Argentinian national team scoring record in international play, and in 12 years in the Serie A he climbed to 10th on the league's all-time scoring charts.
Batistuta was spotted by Fiorentina executives while playing in the Copa America in 1991 and was brought to the club that summer. He scored 13 times in his maiden Serie A campaign, but la viola were relegated the next year. The Argentine helped the team fight back into the top flight after a lone season in the second division. Then he caught fire.
He scored a career-high 26 league goals in 1994-95. He broke a 30-year-old record that season by scoring in his team's first 11 games.
The next year he scored 19 times in Serie A play and led Fiorentina to their fifth Coppa Italia title. He scored in both legs of the final against Atalanta, then scored a brace in the Supercoppa against Milan later that summer to secure the team's first ever success in that competition.
He spent four more years in Florence before his desire for a title instigated a move to Roma. He won his long-awaited scudetto in his first year with the team—the last of his five 20-goal seasons in Italy.
His form broke down after that, and in the next three years combined he only scored 12 times before leaving the league.
In his prime, though, he was one of the best strikers in the world. He could score easily with either head or foot and was dangerous while standing over a free-kick. His game made him one of the best all-around strikers of his era—and a man that no 'keeper wanted bearing down on him.
All told he scored a total of 184 league goals—242 in all competitions for Italian clubs—and a record 37 times for the Argentinian national team, 10 of which came in World Cup play.