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Francesco Totti Confirms Retirement And Takes Up New Role At Roma

Cian Roche
By Cian Roche
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We love Francesco Totti in the office. He's your old school footballer and was the ultimate one club man before an emotional goodbye last month.

A total of 25 years at the club closed in style, but left the question - would the legendary striker continue playing?

There were strong rumours that Totti was going to move to J2 League side Tokyo Verdy in the summer. The club's president Hideyuki Hanyu spoke publicly that a move to the club or to stay with Roma were the "only two options" for Totti.

Today, we got our answer


The World Cup winner will stay in football and stay with Roma as he takes on a new role as a director of the club:

The first part is over, that of a player, and now begins another important assignment as a director, where hopefully I can have a similar impact as I did on the pitch.

I start at the beginning, now goes a new phase and a new adventure.

I have had this time to thing about things, to reflect and truly decide that I am ready to continue serving this team, day after day, with calmness and confidence, to learn the role and add something new above all.

Working alongside sporting director Monchi and coach Eusebio Di Francesco, Totti will now begin his life behind the scenes with his boyhood club.

Despite continuing his work with the club, the 40-year-old reflected on his playing career, which is now confirmed as finished.


I never wanted that game, or that day, to finish. For me it was hugely significant, really important and very emotional.

It’s been 25 years and more of a beautiful relationship with Roma.

The football pitch has given me so much, and I have tried to give everything and more back for the people who day after day have shown me so much love.

I will try to be available in 360 degress, from the youth sector to the President. Then it is normal that it will take a while – six months, a year, two years, I don’t know – to truly find my real and best role.

Already synonymous with the club, Totti described the job as the“perfect role" for him.

The move signals the end of an era for Italian football. Totti leaves behind him 786 appearances at club level, more than 300 goals for Roma and one incredible legacy.


A true legend.

SEE ALSO: Stunning Finish In Totti's Final Game As 'Il Gladiatore' Gets The Goodbye He Deserves


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