Former Argentine soccer player Gabriel Batistuta was, on Wednesday, the biggest attraction of the Quito Open Golf Championship, which is being held this week in the capital of Ecuador with the participation of 144 players from more than 20 countries.
Since retiring from football in 2005, Batistuta has changed pitches for golf courses, and club shoes, to frequently participate in this type of event that combines professional and amateur golfers.
at the age of 53, Batigul has called golf bat In the environments of this sport he usually practiced whenever he had the opportunity.
“Golf keeps me alive. I love to practice it and the environment around it,” Batistuta said Tuesday during the introductory press conference for the Quito Open, the 12th round of the PGA Tour Latin America 2022.
“Every time I am invited to take part in a tournament, I accept it because competition attracts me. I don’t do it professionallyThe former top scorer for the Argentine national team and for clubs such as Fiorentina, Roma and Inter Milan commented.
The former footballer noted that his life was just football for more than 25 years, and admitted that he is now “more relaxed thanks to golf”, because he emphasized that this sport complements his competitive spirit.
Retirement from football came as a shock to Argentina’s top scorer at the World Cup, as he was tormented by the joint pain he suffered after leaving the professional sport for so long.
Batistuta also declared that he was satisfied with his ability to enjoy Quito, a city he had been unable to visit the two previous times he had come, because he could not leave the hotel in which he was staying with Albiceleste.
Above all, the Argentine was able to enjoy scoring some holes at Quito Tennis and Golf Course where the Ecuadorean capital Open takes place.
The Quito Open will take place from May 5-8 and will award prizes worth $175,000 with the participation of golfers such as Brazilian Rafael Becker and Ecuadorean Jose Andrés Miranda. (Dr)
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