Abel Balbo

Abel Balbo ( born June 1, 1966 in Empalme Villa Constitución, Santa Fe Province, Argentina ) is a former Argentine footballer.



Balbo began his professional career in 1987 as a number of Argentine -class striker at Newell 's Old Boys in Rosario. A year later he moved to the capital Buenos Aires River Plate to make the leap to Europe, another year later. He initially began in 1989 at Udinese Calcio and stayed in the Italian Serie A until 2002 at clubs such as Roma, Parma and Fiorentina. During these years he scored a total of 138 goals. After the 2002/2003 season, he finished his career at Boca Juniors.


Yet in the Argentine national football team, he stood in the shadow of strikers such as Gabriel Batistuta, but it brought to a total of 37 matches in which he scored 11 goals. He also was a member of Argentina's squad at the World Cup in Italy in 1990, the 1994 World Cup in the USA and the 1998 World Cup in France.

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