Francesco Totti, AS Roma’s top goalscorer of all time and the most capped player in the Italian side’s history will retire at the end of the season after 25 seasons at the club.
Since coming on as a sixteen-year-old substitute in Roma’s 2-0 defeat of Brescia back in 1993, the striker, who lifted the World Cup with Italy in 2006, will hang up his boots, trading in his famous number ten shirt for a suit and tie as he joins the team’s directorial staff.
25 years— Ladbrokes (@Ladbrokes) 3 May 2017
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The club’s new sporting director, Spanish retired footballer Monchi, said: “There is an agreement with the club that this will be his last year, then he will continue as a director.”
“Francesco is Roma, I want to be as close to him as possible. I’d love to learn even 1% of the huge amount that he knows.”
The 40-year-old has scored 307 goals for AS Roma in 783 appearances and helped the side to a Serie A title and two Coppa Italias.
His final game will come at home to Genoa later this month, where he will no doubt receive a hero’s farewell.
He was widely expected to end his career last summer, but signed a one-year extension to his contract, extending his career-long stretch at Roma to 24 years.
He has made 25 appearances this season, making only one start for the side under coach Luciano Spalletti.