On the 8th of March, AS Roma travelled to Real Madrid and for the King of Rome – it might be for the last time.
Francesco Totti, the 39 year old footballer, has played for Roma his entire career (23 years) since he made his debut at the age of 16. He is the longest serving captain in the world and has played over 700 matches and scored over 300 goals. With his contract expiring at the end of the season and Roma’s hopes of Champions League title slipping away, this could possibly be the last time he steps foot on to the Bernabeu.
When he replaced El Sharaway against Real Madrid the whole stadium erupted with applause, including the Real Madrid fans. Even Sergio Ramos showed his respect by swapping jerseys with the Roma Legend. In the past he has been offered a contract from FC Barcelona and Real Madrid, but he is one of the rare loyal footballers these days and decided to stay in his hometown of Rome.
Even though he hasn’t won much silverware during his time at Roma, his standout awards are the Serie A title 2000/01 and the 2006 World Cup. Totti has also been nominated for the Ballon d’Or as well as the Serie A footballer of the year during the title winning season. Francesco Totti has previously said that retirement “terrifies” him.
Will he leave Roma?
Written by Denojan