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Last Updated: Sunday, 8 June, 2003, 10:41 GMT 11:41 UK
Batistuta heads for Qatar
Argentine striker Gabriel Batistuta
Batistuta becomes the latest high-profile player to move to Qatar
Argentine international striker Gabriel Batistuta has signed a two-year contract to play for Al Arabi in Qatar.

Batistuta becomes the latest veteran star to commit his final playing days to the tiny Gulf state after signing a reported 4.8m deal.

The 34-year-old, who spent part of last season on loan to Inter Milan from Roma, put pen to paper in Rome on Saturday, said Al Arabi president Sheikh Falah bin Jassem Al-Thani.

Press reports in Argentina said that Batistuta would earn 3.3m for the first year and 1.5m for the second.

Qatar, with huge financial resources thanks to its oil and gas wealth, has attracted numerous top-level players in recent months.

Brazilian striker Romario, Frenchman Frank Leboeuf and German veterans Stefan Effenberg and Mario Basler have all decided to end their playing days in the Middle East.

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