Legend Francesco Totti announced his retirement and accepted offer to become a director of Serie A’s Roma.
The iconic figure has played for the Italian giants almost his entire professional career which spanned 24 years. But in May, Totti marked his final battle at Stadio Olimpico as his side took on the challenge against the lowly Genoa.
The 40-year old has been contemplating on a move to Japanese club Tokyo Verdy but eventually settled with the decision to stay with the team he has spent much of his playing life.
He said, “The first part of my life being a footballer is over and now another, equally important one as as a director begins, and I hope that I will be able to do what I did on the field.”
Totti made his debut game for Roma in 1993 as a 16-year-old and as a substitute who took part in Giallorossi’s pursuit to secure a Champions League spot for the next season.
Despite welcoming the new opportunity, Totti reaveled that it is difficult to accept that his playing days has been permanently rested.
“I start over again, on a new adventure. I’ve taken this time to consider it, to reflect and I needed this time to be able to join this club, step by step, with tranquility, serenity and to understand the role which I was most suited to.”
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