Francesco Totti
Italian footballer
Francesco Totti
Francesco Totti, is an Italian footballer who is the captain of Serie A club Roma. His primary position is that of a trequartista, though he has also been successfully utilized as a lone striker. Totti has spent his entire career at Roma, is the number-one goalscorer and the most capped player in the club's history. He is considered as one of the finest players of his generation, and also Roma's greatest player ever.
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A Roman to the Core, and the Core of Roma
NYTimes - 2 months
Francesco Totti, a native Roman, has played his entire career with A.S. Roma: 23 years and counting. He hopes to end his playing days in a Roma jersey.
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Francesco Totti
Yahoo News - 5 months
Roma's Italian forward Francesco Totti announced that he would be retiring at the end of the 2016-17 season, aged 40. He was a member of Italy's 2006 World Cup winning team, and in 2014, he extended his record as the oldest goalscorer in the UEFA Champions League.  Totti has several nicknames including 'The Golden Boy' and 'The King of Rome'.  
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Totti showing no signs of age as 40th birthday approaches
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MILAN (AP) — It might be just days before his 40th birthday but Roma forward Francesco Totti is showing no signs of slowing down.
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Soccer-Totti still not ready for Roma return
Yahoo News - about 1 year
AS Roma stalwart Francesco Totti is still not ready to return to the side following a thigh muscle injury which has sidelined him for the last three months, coach Rudi Garcia said on Tuesday. "Totti won't be in the squad because he's not yet at 100 percent," Garcia, who has been under pressure since Roma's 6-1 Champions League defeat to Barcelona in November, told reporters.
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Roma tops Hellas to close gap on Juve
Fox News - about 3 years
Verona, Italy ( - Roma closed to within six points of Serie A leaders Juventus on Sunday after claiming a 3-1 win at Hellas Verona.Goals from Adem Ljajic, Gervinho and Francesco Totti led the way for the capital club, while Hellas equalized in the second half through Emil Hallfredsson, but yielded two goals over the final 30 minutes to suffer a third successive defeat
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Soccer-Roma crush Livorno to close gap on leaders Juve
Yahoo News - about 3 years
(Adds details, quotes) By Terry Daley ROME, Jan 18 (Reuters) - AS Roma narrowed the gap on Serie A leaders Juventus to a provisional five points with a comfortable 3-0 win over lowly Livorno at the Olympic Stadium on Saturday. Goals from Mattia Destro, Kevin Strootman and Adem Ljajic put Roma on 47 points, behind champions Juve, who host Sampdoria later on Saturday (1945 GMT), and opened a five-point gap over third-placed Napoli before their visit to Bologna on Sunday. Rudi Garcia's Roma side, with captain Francesco Totti on the bench, were on top from the start with Destro opening the scoring after six minutes with an easy tap-in, although their Ivory Coast striker Gervinho looked offside in the build-up. A close-range Strootman strike nine minutes before the break and Ljajic's first goal since November with 12 minutes left saw Roma confirm their superiority in a devastating display.
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Soccer-Florenzi overhead kick sets up Roma win
Yahoo News - about 3 years
Jan 12 (Reuters) - Alessandro Florenzi scored with a perfectly-executed overhead kick to set second-placed AS Roma on their way to a 4-0 win over Genoa in Serie A on Sunday. Francesco Totti, Maicon and Mehdi Benatia shared the other goals as Roma bounced back from their first defeat of the season at Juventus last week. Irrepressible leaders Juventus stayed eight points clear after coming from behind to beat Cagliari 4-1 away, their 11th successive league win, with forward Fernando Llorente scoring twice. ...
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Soccer-Roma fading in Totti's absence
Yahoo News - about 3 years
Coach Rudi Garcia has transformed AS Roma from last season's bickering, erratic outfit into one of the toughest sides in Serie A, yet despite all the changes they are clearly not the same without Francesco Totti in the team. With the 37-year-old talisman playing, AS Roma won their first seven league games of the season, scoring 20 goals at an average of nearly three a game. One club-man Totti, who limped off in the first half of the 2-0 win over Napoli on Oct. 18, is in a remarkable 22nd season at Roma and shows no signs of letting up. "Roma are a very strong team and the captain clearly makes the difference, finding answers which no tactical system or model can give you," wrote columnist Alessandro Vocalelli in La Reppublica.
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Soccer-Garcia a true leader of the new Roma
Yahoo News - over 3 years
By Terry Daley ROME October 27 (Reuters) - AS Roma's dramatic 1-0 win at Udinese further highlighted the impressive job Rudi Garcia is doing at the Serie A leaders, who are five points clear of Napoli and Juventus after winning their ninth game in a row. Garcia's side were missing talisman Francesco Totti and in-form Gervinho, and were forced to play the final half hour with 10 men after Maicon's sending off. Despite his dismissal Roma managed to improve their game and thoroughly deserved their victory courtesy of American Michael Bradley's 82nd minute winner. "All of our players are ...
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Soccer-Serie A leaders Roma to taste life without Totti
Yahoo News - over 3 years
By Terry Daley ROME, Oct 24 (Reuters) - Title-chasing Roma are going to find out what life is like without talisman Francesco Totti on Sunday as their 100 percent record comes under the spotlight on a tricky trip to Udinese. The former Italy international is out for up to a month after limping off with a thigh injury during Roma's 2-0 defeat of title rivals Napoli last Friday. Roma are further hurt by an injury suffered by in-form Gervinho in the same game, meaning that they will have to rely on new signing Adem Ljajic and out-of-favour Marco Borriello to lead up front. ...
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Gigi Buffon confirms that Francesco Totti is immortal
Yahoo News - over 3 years
Roma have won all seven of their matches this season and 37-year-old captain Francesco Totti has scored three goals and set up six others in support of that achievement. How can a man of his advancing age (for a footballer) … Continue reading →
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'Turned in a performance of someone half his age' - Goal's World Player of the Week Francesco Totti
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The Roma star has captured Goal's World Player of the Week award.
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Soccer-Totti double helps rampant Roma sink Inter
Yahoo News - over 3 years
(Adds detail, quotes) * Roma make it seven wins from seven * Florenzi seals rout before halftime By Terry Daley ROME, Oct 5 (Reuters) - Two first-half goals from captain Francesco Totti helped AS Roma make it seven wins out of seven as they extended their Serie A lead to five points by sweeping Inter Milan aside 3-0 at the San Siro on Saturday. ...
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Totti sẽ chơi cho AS Roma đến 40 tuổi
Yahoo News - over 3 years
(TNO) Tiền đạo nổi tiếng một thời Francesco Totti sẽ nối gót huyền thoại Paolo Maldini khi trở thành một trong những cầu thủ hiếm hoi trên thế giới giành trọn sự nghiệp chuyên nghiệp đỉnh cao cho một đội bóng.
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Totti signs two-year contract extension with Roma
Yahoo News - over 3 years
By Terry Daley ROME (Reuters) - Francesco Totti signed a new contract on Friday that will keep him at AS Roma until just before his 40th birthday. The Roma captain, who has been at the Serie A club since childhood and has played over 500 games for them, signed the contract extension at a news conference in Rome, ensuring his stay in the Italian capital until the end of the 2015-16 season. "It's what I and the club wanted, I thank them for giving me another chance to wear the shirt of the only team I've ever supported and ever loved," the forward said. ...
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Totti Helps Roma Maintain Perfect Start
NYTimes - over 3 years
Evergreen Francesco Totti, in his 22nd season with AS Roma, scored his first goal of the new campaign to give help them to a 3-1 win at Parma which maintained their 100 percent record in Serie A on Monday.     
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Francesco Totti
  • 2016
    Age 39
    On 27 September 2016, Totti celebrated his 40th birthday live on his new Facebook page, at the Tor Crescenza castle in Rome.
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    In May 2016, several injuries in the Italian squad, as well as a lack of attacking options, and Totti's run of good form as a substitute for Roma led some in the media to call for manager Antonio Conte to include him as a reserve in Italy's Euro 2016 squad.
    More Details Hide Details He was later left off of Conte's 30-man preliminary Italy squad for the final tournament, however. Throughout his long career at his hometown club, Roma, Totti has predominantly played as a classic number 10, functioning either as an offensive-midfield playmaker, or as a supporting or deep-lying forward, behind the main striker; only in the later years of his Roma career was he mainly employed as a main striker. An elegant, tactically versatile and technically gifted attacking midfielder with a good knowledge of the game, Totti is capable of playing anywhere along the front-line, and has also been deployed as a winger or as a midfield playmaker under Zdeněk Zeman, and most notably as a false-9 under Luciano Spalletti and Rudi García. While being a prolific goal-scorer and an accurate finisher (he is currently the sixth highest goal scoring Italian in club competitions), Totti is also renowned for his technique, vision, creativity and range of passing, as well as his ability to play the ball first-time, set the pace in midfield and provide throughballs and assists for his teammates, occasionally through long balls or lobbed passes, or even through his trademark use of the backheel, when playing with his back to goal. His role has at times been described as that of a hardworking, generous, quick and dynamic centre forward. Known for his work-rate, longevity and defensive contribution, Totti underwent an athletic development during his time under Zeman: he undertook a muscle strengthening programme to adapt to the rhythms of 21st century football, gaining physical strength, stamina, fitness and shooting power, to the detriment of some of his speed and agility, which also enabled him to maintain a consistent level of performance in his later career.
    On 10 March 2016, the couple gave birth to their third child, Isabel.
    More Details Hide Details Totti is a Roman Catholic. Totti's brother Riccardo serves as his agent, and manages many of his brand and business interests, under the name Number Ten, including the Francesco Totti Academy, a football training school, and the Totti Soccer School, a football camp for children with disabilities. Totti also owns a motorcycle racing team called Totti Top Sport. Totti became a goodwill ambassador for UNICEF in 2003, and an ambassador for the FIFA/SOS Children's Villages in January 2006. As a fundraiser for a children's charity, he published two best-selling, self-effacing joke books containing jokes the locals often told about him and his teammates. Some of the jokes were filmed in short sketches featuring himself with good friends and national teammates Alessandro Del Piero, Gianluigi Buffon, Christian Vieri, Antonio Cassano, Marco Delvecchio, Alessandro Nesta and former national team coach Giovanni Trapattoni in a short show called La sai l'ultima di Totti. On 16 January 2008, he appeared as "PaperTotti" in a famous comic book. The proceeds of the subscriptions were given to charity. The Roma captain's official testimonial was a fund raising match between singers and celebrities played on the 12 May 2008 to help raise money for the construction of the Campus Produttivo della Legalità e della Solidarietà (Productive Campus of Legality and Solidarity). In 2009, Totti helped launch a new campaign promoting Football Adopting Abandoned Children, which came about in collaboration with the Friends of Children and the Association of Italian Players.
    On his first appearance of the 2016–17 season against Sampdoria on 11 September, Totti equalled Paolo Maldini's record of playing in 25 Serie A seasons.
    More Details Hide Details With Roma trailing 2–1 at half time, Totti came off the bench and assisted Edin Džeko's temporary equaliser, later also scoring the match-winning goal from a penalty in injury time to secure a 3–2 home win in Serie A; Totti's goal meant that he had managed to score at least once in each of the past 23 consecutive seasons of his career. On 25 September, he scored his 250th Serie A goal from the penalty spot in a 3–1 away defeat to Torino, just two days before his 40th birthday. On his first start two days after his 40th birthday, on 29 September, Totti was praised for his performance and longevity in a 4–0 home win over Astra Giurgiu in the Europa League; he played all 90 minutes of the match, providing two assists, while also being involved in a third goal.
    On 7 June, he renewed his contract for another year, stating that he would be retiring at the end of the 2016–17 season; he also revealed he had signed a six-year contract as Roma's technical director once the season ends.
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    On 21 February 2016, Totti publicly criticised returning manager, and García's replacement, Luciano Spalletti in the media for his lack of playing time since his return from injury.
    More Details Hide Details He was subsequently dropped for Roma's 5–0 win over Palermo, with the decision causing an uproar among the fans and in the media, while rumours once again began to circulate that Totti would be leaving the club once his contract had expired at the end of the season, as a result of his limited appearances and clashes with Spalletti. On 8 March, Totti came on as a substitute for Stephan El Shaarawy in the return leg of the round of 16 of the UEFA Champions League against Real Madrid, and was given a standing ovation by the fans at the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium in Madrid; Roma lost the match 2–0, however, and were eliminated from the competition following a 4–0 aggregate loss. On 20 April, he came off the bench in the 86th minute, one goal down to Torino at home to rescue the team with a brace; one in the 87th minute and a penalty in the 89th minute to win the match 3–2. With his 69th goal in Serie A from the penalty spot, he overtook Roberto Baggio as the outright top scorer of penalties in Serie A history. Totti's double also made him the oldest player in Serie A history to score two goals in a single league match, at the age of 39 years, 6 months and 23 days, breaking Silvio Piola's previous record of 39 years, 4 months and 2 days, which he had managed with Novara on 1 February 1953, after scoring a brace against his former team Lazio.
    He returned to the pitch as a substitute in a 1–1 home draw against Milan, on 9 January 2016, equalling Gianluca Pagliuca as the third all-time highest appearance holder in Serie A history, with 592 appearances.
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  • 2015
    Age 38
    On 26 September 2015, the day before his 39th birthday, he sustained an injury, straining his right hip flexor in a 5–1 win over Carpi, ruling him out for three months.
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    On his second league appearance of the 2015–16 Serie A season, Totti scored his 300th career club goal in all competitions with Roma in a 2–2 home draw with Sassuolo, on 20 September 2015.
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  • 2014
    Age 37
    In November 2014, Totti extended his record as the oldest goalscorer in UEFA Champions League history, aged 38 years and 59 days.
    More Details Hide Details Totti was born in Rome, to parents Lorenzo and Fiorella Totti. He was raised in the Porta Metronia neighbourhood. As a youngster he idolised ex-Roma captain Giuseppe Giannini, and regularly played football with older boys. Totti began to play youth team football at the age of 8, with Fortitudo, later joining Smit Trastevere and Lodigiani. After he came to the attention of scouts, his mother refused a lucrative offer from Milan in order to keep him in his home town.
    On 31 May, in the final match-day of the 2014–15 season, he scored his 299th goal for Roma in a 2–1 home defeat to Palermo.
    More Details Hide Details Totti finished the season as Roma's leading scorer with ten goals in all competitions, the seventh time in which he had been the team's top scorer.
    On 30 September 2014, three days after his 38th birthday, Totti scored Roma's equaliser in a Champions League group stage draw at Manchester City, thus becoming the oldest scorer in the history of the competition; it was also Totti's 300th professional career goal.
    More Details Hide Details On 25 October, Totti scored the opening goal from a free-kick in a 1–1 draw against CSKA Moscow, extending his record of oldest goalscorer in the history of the competition to 38 years and 59 days. On 11 January 2015, Totti scored two goals against local rivals Lazio, making him the joint all-time top scorer in the Rome Derby in official club competitions, alongside Dino Da Costa, with 11 goals, as well as the Serie A top scorer in the Rome Derby. On 9 May, Totti scored from a penalty in a 2–1 away defeat to Milan, equalling Roberto Baggio for the record of the most goals scored in Serie A from penalties (68).
    Prior to the start of the 2014–15 season, Totti had been one of the star players of Roma's pre-season friendlies.
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  • 2013
    Age 36
    He finished the season with eight goals and ten assists, ending the year as the top assist provider of the 2013–14 Serie A season.
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    He scored his first goal of the 2013–14 season on 16 September, against Parma in a 3–1 victory.
    More Details Hide Details He followed up the goal with two strikes in Roma's 3–0 away victory over Inter, helping the team maintain a 100% record after seven games. On 20 November, he received the "Captain of Captains" award by the association Editutto and Baker Tilly Revisa. On 14 February, Totti was sidelined for about a month after sustaining a bruised right buttock. He returned to the pitch on 17 March against Udinese, scoring the first goal of the match as he helped his team to a 3–2 win. Eight days later, Totti celebrated 700 overall appearances with Roma against Torino. On 2 April, he scored his 20th career goal against Parma (a personal record against any side) in a 4–2 victory.
    On 20 September 2013, Roma announced that Totti had signed a new contract, keeping him at the club until 2016, past his 39th birthday.
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    With the arrival of Roma's new coach Rudi García in the summer of 2013, Totti was once again deployed as a false-9, while also functioning as a supporting forward, or as winger on the left on occasion.
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    Totti also reached the 2013 Coppa Italia final with Roma, but lost the match 0–1 on 26 May to cross-city rivals Lazio.
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  • 2012
    Age 35
    The most recent message was "Scusate il Ritardo" ("Sorry for the delay") which he flashed on 8 January 2012 as an apology to fans for his goal-scoring drought after scoring his first goal of the season versus Chievo.
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    Totti finished the 2012–13 Serie A season with 12 goals and 12 assists from 34 appearances.
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    On 8 January 2012, Totti scored his first goals of the season in a 2–0 win against Chievo, converting one penalty in the first half and another in the second.
    More Details Hide Details He went on to score two goals in a 5–1 win against Cesena which allowed Totti to set a new record, as his second goal of the match brought his tally to 211 league goals – the most any player has ever scored for a single club in Serie A. Despite his inability to find the back of the net as the second half of the season began, he continued to perform well, as he notably assisted Juan's goal from a corner in Roma's 4–0 win over Inter on 5 February. On 12 April, Totti scored his fifth goal of the season in a 3–1 victory over Udinese. He scored again in a 2–1 loss against Fiorentina on 25 April, and two weeks later, on his 500th match in Serie A, he scored two goals in a 2–2 draw against Catania at the Stadio Olimpico.
  • 2011
    Age 34
    He provided several more assists that season, notably for Dani Osvaldo's goal in Roma's 3–1 win over Napoli at the Stadio San Paolo on 18 December 2011, and also set up De Rossi's goal against Catania at the Massimino stadium.
    More Details Hide Details Playing in a deeper position on the pitch, the Roma talisman did not seek to score goals as often, opting rather to play more of a supporting role by bridging the gap between attack and midfield, using his presence, leadership and experience in games to offer some much needed depth to the team.
    Totti sustained an injury on 1 October 2011 in the second half of a match against Atalanta, which kept him out of action until the 20 November; he returned to the pitch against Lecce, when he came off the bench in the 66th minute, as Roma won the match 2–1.
    More Details Hide Details In mid-December, as Totti began regaining form post-injury, he started playing more regularly, often in a creative role as an attacking midfielder. On 12 December, he set-up Daniele De Rossi's opening goal in a 1–1 home draw against eventual league champions Juventus, although Totti missed a second-half penalty during the match.
    The 2011–12 season saw Totti initially receive few starts under Roma's new manager Luis Enrique, as the club's early struggles continued.
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    On 13 March 2011, he scored two goals against Lazio which gave Roma their fifth consecutive victory in the Rome Derby.
    More Details Hide Details The following match, on 20 March, Totti became the sixth player in Serie A history to score 200 goals, finding the target twice in a 2–2 draw against Fiorentina to total 201 league goals. On 1 May, Totti scored a brace against Bari to equal and subsequently overtake Roberto Baggio as the fifth highest goal-scorer in Serie A with his 205th and 206th career league goals, putting him behind only Silvio Piola, Gunnar Nordahl, Giuseppe Meazza and José Altafini. Totti ended the 2010–11 Serie A campaign with 15 goals – with twelve of his goals coming in Roma's last 13 league fixtures. At the end of the season, Roma underwent a change of ownership, with the former club owner Rosella Sensi being replaced by an American consortium led by Thomas DiBenedetto. Under the new management, the club did not offer a permanent contract to Montella, which led to him leaving to coach another Serie A side, Catania. The Roma management appointed Luis Enrique, who had previous coached the Barcelona B side, in a bid to emulate Barcelona's football style.
    Following Roma's 4–3 loss against Genoa on 20 February 2011, Ranieri resigned as manager of Roma, and Totti saw his former teammate Vincenzo Montella appointed as caretaker coach.
    More Details Hide Details Montella reverted to Spalletti's 4–2–3–1 system and Totti appeared to recapture his best form, finding the net more frequently towards the end of the season. On 3 March, Totti was voted the best active Italian player in a poll conducted by La Gazzetta dello Sport; 100 Italian personalities including footballers, politicians and celebrities took part in the vote.
  • 2010
    Age 33
    Totti also played in the Coppa Italia final against Inter on 5 May 2010, but received a red card in the closing minutes of the second half for kicking Mario Balotelli; Roma lost the match 0–1, thus failing to bring home a record tenth Coppa Italia title.
    More Details Hide Details In the 2010–11 season, Roma suffered yet another defeat to Inter in the 2010 Supercoppa Italiana, continuing their "traditional" early struggles, which Totti partly blamed on Ranieri's defensive mindset and failure to develop a consistent set of tactics. On a personal level, Totti won the Golden Foot award, but Ranieri's lack of faith in him due to his age meant that the captain would spend a lot of time on the substitute's bench in favour of younger forwards, such as Marco Borriello, Mirko Vučinić and Jérémy Ménez. His limited playing time, which included a controversial a 91st minute substitution in a 2–1 away loss against Sampdoria, resulted in several clashes with Ranieri, and saw him fall out of form, scoring only three league goals in 21 appearances; as a result of his limited appearances, despondance and strenuous relationship with the manager, rumours even circulated in the media that Totti was considering leaving Roma.
  • 2009
    Age 32
    In 2009, Totti sent a message of support to Iranian youths during the 2009 Iranian presidential election protests.
    More Details Hide Details In February 2010, Totti was named an ambassador for online poker company Party Poker. In May 2010, Totti appeared alongside actor Russell Crowe in Rome to promote the special edition of the film Gladiator, celebrating the tenth year of the film's release. In December 2014, two murals of Totti, sponsored by Nike, were created in Rome. In 2014, the Swiss artist David Diehl painted Totti as one of 16 football icons most beloved by their fans. In 2015, France Football rated him one of the ten best footballers in the world over the age of 36. In 2015, Totti's famous selfie celebration was included amongst the goal celebrations available for FIFA 16 and Pro Evolution Soccer 2016; he also took a selfie in the official trailer of the game on YouTube. Correct as of 29 September 2016. 1European competitions include the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League 2Other tournaments include the Supercoppa Italiana
    On 30 November 2009, Totti confirmed he had signed a new five-year playing contract which would see him at the club until 2014, after which he stated he would become a club director for a further five years.
    More Details Hide Details Roma offered him an annual salary of €8.9 million for 2009–10 and €8.6 million a year for the next four seasons. With a 24-match unbeaten run in Serie A, Roma became the only challengers to Inter in the last three rounds for the league title that season, ultimately finishing runners-up after the final game. Despite suffering several injury problems, he surpassed legends such as Gabriel Batistuta, Giuseppe Signori, and Kurt Hamrin, putting him in sixth place in the all-time Serie A scoring records.
    In Serie A, he also scored three goals against Bari on 22 November 2009, seven years on from his last hat-trick in Serie A.
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  • 2008
    Age 31
    Roma's difficult start to the 2008–09 season and continued struggles at the start of the 2009–10 season saw Spalletti resign after his four-year reign and he was replaced by Claudio Ranieri.
    More Details Hide Details Totti performed well in the inaugural UEFA Europa League; he scored two hat-tricks in the competition that season, first in a 7–1 away win against Gent in the third qualifying round and then another in the same scoreline against MFK Košice at the Stadio Olimpico in the play-off round.
    On 8 November 2008, he made his 400th appearance in Serie A, in a 1–1 away draw against Bologna, scoring the opening goal of the match.
    More Details Hide Details Later that month, he went on to help his team beat Lazio in the Rome derby, assisting Júlio Baptista's match-winning goal. Totti's run of good form continued as he provided assists for Mirko Vučinić and scored a lobbed goal in a 3–0 win in a league game against Lecce on 23 November, while he netted a free-kick in a 3–1 away win against CFR Cluj in the Champions League later that week, on 27 November. He also scored the second goal in a 2–0 win against Bordeaux on 10 December, which ensured Roma's passage to the round of 16 of the competition as group winners. On 19 April 2009, Totti scored his 175th Serie A goal in a 3–2 home win over Lecce, overtaking Amedeo Amadei as Roma's all-time highest goalscorer; with the goal, Totti also became one of the top-ten goalscorers in Serie A history.
    In the 2008–09 season, Totti recovered from the previous injury, and took part in the 2008 Supercoppa Italiana final on 24 August 2008; following a 2–2 draw with Inter after extra-time, Totti missed his penalty in the resulting shoot-out, which allowed Javier Zanetti to win the match for Inter with the following spot-kick.
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    Totti scored his 200th goal for Roma in a 4–0 victory against Torino, in the Coppa Italia, on 16 January 2008.
    More Details Hide Details He was named the Serie A Italian Footballer of the Year for the fifth time in his career on 28 January. The following month, on 24 February, he reached 386 appearances in Serie A with Roma in a match against Fiorentina, equalling the club appearance record previously held by Giacomo Losi, Roma's captain in the 1960s. He broke the record on 27 February, in the club's following league match against Inter. On 9 March, he reached his 500th overall appearance for Roma, scoring the second goal of the match from a penalty kick in a 2–0 away win over Napoli. Totti suffered a season-ending injury to his right knee during a 1–1 draw with Livorno on 19 April. Tests revealed a tear of his anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) that required surgery, ruling him out for four months. Roma won their ninth Coppa Italia with a 2–1 victory over Inter on 24 May; although Totti did not play the match, he was still allowed to lift the cup as the team's captain. With this win, Totti became the most successful captain in the club's history, with five titles and ten runners-up medals.
  • 2007
    Age 30
    On 19 August 2007, Totti contributed to Roma's 1–0 victory over Inter in the 2007 Supercoppa Italiana, winning a penalty which was subsequently converted by Daniele De Rossi.
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    Despite being the highest active goalscorer in Serie A, he was not among the finalists for the 2007 FIFA World Player of the Year due to his absence from the national team, although he was nominated for the 2007 Ballon d'Or, finishing tenth in the voting.
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  • 2006
    Age 29
    The 2006–07 season was a personal high for Totti as he scored 26 goals in Serie A, as well as another six between the Champions League (scoring three times in the group stage and once in the round of 16 tie against Lyon) and the Coppa Italia.
    More Details Hide Details Despite their elimination from the Champions League by Manchester United in the quarter-finals, and a second-place finish in the league, Roma won the Coppa Italia final against league champions Inter with a 6–2 victory at home (Totti scored the opening goal after 50 seconds) and a 2–1 defeat at the San Siro in Milan. Totti finished the season as Serie A top scorer with 26 goals, and on 17 June, he also received the ESM European Golden Shoe award as the top European goalscorer of the season.
    Totti was at risk of missing the 2006 World Cup, but returned to the side on 11 May 2006 as a substitute in Roma's 3–1 Coppa Italia final defeat to Inter.
    More Details Hide Details A metal plate had been attached to his ankle during surgery, but doctors decided not to operate again and remove it following Totti's return, concurring that the plate would not affect his game. He was given off-label treatments of teriparatide to speed-up his fracture recovery.
    On 19 February 2006, he suffered a fracture of his left fibula and ligament damage during a match against Empoli after being fouled by Richard Vanigli.
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    A 2006 FIFA World Cup winner and UEFA Euro 2000 finalist with Italy, Totti was selected in the All-Star team for both tournaments; he also represented his country at the 2002 World Cup, and at Euro 2004.
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  • 2005
    Age 28
    When the couple married on 19 June 2005 at the Basilica of Santa Maria in Aracoeli, their wedding was aired on television with the proceeds being donated to charity.
    More Details Hide Details They had their first child, Cristian, on 6 November 2005. Their second child, a daughter named Chanel, was born on 13 May 2007. The couple has often been referred to as the "Italian Beckhams" and their private lives are often speculated upon in Italian magazines and tabloids.
    In the spring of 2005, he renewed his contract until 2010, with an annual salary of €5.4 million.
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    Roma's new coach for the 2005–06 season, Luciano Spalletti, went with a 4–2–3–1 formation, deploying Totti in a newer, more offensive role as a lone striker.
    More Details Hide Details Despite his new attacking role, Totti usually dropped deep to pick up the ball in midfield rather than operating in the penalty area, thus creating space for the attacking midfielders and wingers to making offensive runs; the resulting system was later described as a 4–6–0, while Totti's particular attacking role was dubbed the "false-9". In this new position, Totti continued to score frequently, managing 15 goals in 24 matches.
    He also helped the team reach the 2005 Coppa Italia final in which Roma lost out to Inter.
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  • 2004
    Age 27
    Despite a disappointing 2004–05 season, Totti maintained consistent form by scoring 15 goals, among which was his 100th Serie A goal from a free-kick in a 3–3 draw against Internazionale, on 3 October 2004.
    More Details Hide Details Two months later, on 19 December, he became Roma's all-time leading scorer in Serie A after netting his 107th career league goal against Parma, breaking the record previously held by Roberto Pruzzo.
    In 2004, he was named in the FIFA 100, a list of the world's greatest living players, selected by Pelé, as part of FIFA's centenary celebrations.
    More Details Hide Details In 2011, Totti was recognized by IFFHS as the most popular footballer in Europe.
  • 2003
    Age 26
    In the 2003–04 season, Totti played a key role in helping Roma to finish runners-up to Milan in the Scudetto race.
    More Details Hide Details Throughout the league season, he scored 20 goals, his best haul in Serie A up to that point, which allowed him to win his second Guerin d'Oro as the player with the best average rating in Serie A throughout the season. Moreover, the Roma captain notably scored trademark chipped goals on several occasions throughout the season, as demonstrated by his goals against Brescia and Empoli.
    In 2003, Totti won his second Serie A Footballer of the Year Award.
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  • 2002
    Age 25
    In 2002, Fiat principal executive Gianni Agnelli, a lifelong fan and ex-president of Juventus, chose Totti to publicize the launch of the new Stilo instead of a Juventus player.
    More Details Hide Details Having been signed to sportswear company Nike, Totti featured in Nike's "Secret Tournament" advertisement, directed by Terry Gilliam, in the buildup to the 2002 World Cup in Korea and Japan. He appeared alongside luminaries including Ronaldo, Ronaldinho, Luís Figo, Roberto Carlos and Hidetoshi Nakata, with former player Eric Cantona the tournament "referee". Totti has featured in EA Sports' FIFA video game series; he starred on the cover of the Italian edition of FIFA 2002. He also featured on the cover of Pro Evolution Soccer 4 along with Thierry Henry and Italian referee Pierluigi Collina. Between 2005 and 2008, his sponsors changed to sportswear company Diadora and soft drink Pepsi Twist, with a commercial filmed in the camps of Trigoria by director Gabriele Muccino. Since May 2006, he has appeared in advertisements for telephone company Vodafone. In December 2006 Totti and his wife Ilary Blasi lent their voices to an Italian dubbing of an episode of the television series The Simpsons entitled "Marge and Homer Turn a Couple Play", in which Totti voiced Buck Mitchell. In 2007, he appeared in the movie L'allenatore nel Pallone 2 in the role of a defense attorney. Since 2008, he has participated several times in the television program C'è posta per te, in the second series of the Italian drama Cesaroni, in the reality show Grande Fratello 8 and in an episode of Paperissima. In September 2008, a collection of figurines dedicated to him appeared in newsstands in the Lazio region entitled "Francesco Totti, the captain".
    Totti also scored the only goal in Roma's decisive 1–0 victory at the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium against Real Madrid on 30 October 2002; this was the first time in 35 years that an Italian team had won a match in Madrid. He continued his goalscoring exploits against Valencia, scoring two goals in Roma's 3–0 win. Despite this, Roma only finished third in their Champions League group, and in eighth position in Serie A, although they managed to reach the 2003 Coppa Italia final.
    More Details Hide Details In the final against Milan, Totti scored three times from free kicks over both legs (one goal at home and two at the San Siro), but Roma lost out to Milan 6–3 on aggregate.
    He scored his first hat-trick in Serie A, in a 3–2 away win over Brescia on 30 September 2002.
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  • 2001
    Age 24
    On 19 August 2001 Totti won his first Supercoppa Italiana, scoring and assisting in the 3–0 win against Fiorentina.
    More Details Hide Details Totti was named the Serie A Italian Footballer of the Year for both 2000 and 2001, and won the Serie A Footballer of the Year Award for the first time in his career in 2000. He received his first Ballon d'Or nomination in 2000, finishing 14th in voting, and fifth the following year. Due to his performances and leadership, Totti had established himself as a hero to the Roma fans, who were also able to identify with his background as a Roma native and lifelong supporter. Over the following seasons, Totti played in a free role as either a forward or second striker in a 3–5–2 formation, often alongside either Batistuta or the newly acquired youngster Antonio Cassano.
    On 17 June 2001, at the Stadio Olimpico, Roma beat Parma 3–1, with their three main attackers, Totti, Vincenzo Montella and Gabriel Batistuta scoring one goal each, as Roma were crowned champions of Italy for the third time in their history.
    More Details Hide Details Totti finished the league season with 13 goals, equalling what was at the time his personal goalscoring record in a single Serie A season.
    He continued his goalscoring form by scoring against Napoli at home in a 3–0 victory on 28 January 2001, as Roma finished the first half of the league season in first place.
    More Details Hide Details Totti continued to play an important role in keeping the club at the top of the table throughout the remainder of the season, gaining a comfortable lead over rivals Juventus.
  • 2000
    Age 23
    Totti scored in a 2–0 home win over Bologna on his season debut on 1 October 2000.
    More Details Hide Details On 10 December, Totti scored the match-winning goal in a 2–1 home win against Udinese with a powerful left-footed volley to help Roma to their fifth home win of the season.
    By the 2000–01 campaign under the new coach, Roma were building a competitive team around Totti, who was by now being utilised as a creative attacking midfielder by Capello in a 3–4–1–2 formation, due to his passing skills and playmaking abilities.
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  • 1998
    Age 21
    For his performances, he was named the Serie A Young Footballer of the Year for the 1998–99 season. In June 1999, Roma's president at the time, Franco Sensi, sacked Zeman and signed Fabio Capello as a replacement, with the aim of winning the league title.
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    On 29 November 1998, Totti scored the equalising goal in a 3–3 draw against cross-city rivals Lazio; this was his first ever goal in the Rome Derby.
    More Details Hide Details Overall, he scored 30 goals and provided 26 assists during Zeman's two-year managerial stint.
    The following season, he began to gain recognition as a club symbol and as a leader, and on 31 October 1998, Totti became the official team captain, and the youngest Serie A club captain ever at the age of 22, inheriting the armband from Aldair.
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    Although he was not called up for the 1998 FIFA World Cup by Italy manager Cesare Maldini, his consistent performances, creativity and goalscoring throughout the course of the previous Serie A season saw him being awarded the Guerin d'Oro for the 1997–98 season, given to him for having achieved the highest average rating of any Serie A player.
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    He finished the league season reaching double figures in goals scored for the first time in his career; including a goal in the club's 2–0 away win against Napoli on 22 February 1998, Totti scored 13 goals in Serie A in total, and contributed to Roma's fourth place league finish that year.
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  • 1996
    Age 19
    He subsequently won the UEFA Under-21 Championship with Italy in 1996, under manager Cesare Maldini; in the final, he opened the scoring as the match ended in a 1–1 draw against Spain, although Italy were able to win the final on penalties.
    More Details Hide Details The following year, he also played a key role in helping Italy to win a gold medal at the 1997 Mediterranean Games, on home soil, scoring twice throughout the tournament. Due to his contribution in these tournaments, Totti was later included in the all-time Under-21 EURO dream team in 2015. After starring with the Azzurrini in Italy's under-16, under-19, and under-21 sides, Totti earned his first senior cap for Italy under the recently appointed international manager Dino Zoff during a 2–0 Euro 2000 qualifying victory against Switzerland, on 10 October 1998. Totti scored his first goal for Italy on 26 April 2000, in a 2–0 friendly win over Portugal, in Reggio Calabria. He scored his first brace for Italy in a 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification match in a 4–3 home win over Belarus, on 13 October 2004. In total, Totti has made 58 appearances for Italy between 1998 and 2006, scoring nine goals.
    Following Mazzone's sacking in the summer of 1996 and the departure of Giannini, Totti was expected to play a more prominent role, after several promising seasons; however, the team underperformed during the 1996–97 season, while Totti struggled to gain playing time under new manager Carlos Bianchi, and was even set to leave for Sampdoria on loan in January 1997.
    More Details Hide Details Roma's chairman at the time however, Franco Sensi, impeded the transfer, leading to further tensions with the manager, who eventually parted ways with the club. Totti's years under Zdeněk Zeman represented a period of both physical and mental maturation as a player. From a technical and tactical standpoint, he proved to be compatible on the left wing in the rigid formations of the Bohemian coach, as his new role gave him more space to take on defenders in one on one situations, and cut into the centre to shoot on goal with his stronger foot; he also became physically more powerful, fit, hard-working, and complete. From a mental perspective, he displayed a greater responsibility for the team, and was presented with the number 10 jersey. His first season under Zeman started well, with Totti taking advantage of a 4–3–3 formation and making his breakthrough with the club.
  • 1995
    Age 18
    Totti also scored in Italy's 4–1 defeat to Spain in the final of the UEFA Under-18 Championship, in July 1995.
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    By 1995, Totti had become a regular in Roma's starting line-up and scored 16 goals during the next three seasons, while creating several more, as his talent was praised by his manager Mazzone.
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  • 1994
    Age 17
    In the following season under Carlo Mazzone, Totti began to play more regularly as a second striker, and scored his first goal on 4 September 1994 in a 1–1 draw against Foggia.
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  • 1993
    Age 16
    Four months later, Totti played in 1993 FIFA U-17 World Championship in Japan and scored Italy's goal in the tournament as the Azzurrini were eliminated in group stage.
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    Totti first came into international prominence while playing in FIFA and UEFA youth tournaments. With the Italy under-16 side, under manager Sergio Vatta, Totti reached the final of the 1993 UEFA European Under-16 Championship in Turkey; Italy were defeated 1–0 by Poland as Totti missed the final due to suspension.
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    After three years in the youth team, Totti made his first appearance for Roma's senior side in Serie A at the age of 16, when coach Vujadin Boškov called him up in the 2–0 away victory against Brescia on 28 March 1993.
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  • 1989
    Age 12
    Although his youth club initially had come to an agreement to sell Totti to the Lazio youth side, one of Roma's youth coaches, Gildo Giannini, persuaded his parents to let him join the Roma youth squad in 1989.
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  • 1976
    Born on September 27, 1976.
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