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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Europe Edition: Angela Merkel, Vladimir Putin, Francesco Totti: Your Tuesday Briefing
NYTimes - 9 months
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Francesco Totti Leaves the Field, and Romans Weep for a Living Monument
NYTimes - 9 months
It’s been a rough decade for Rome. Jobs have left and garbage piles up in the streets. The latest kick in the gut? Francesco Totti has left the soccer pitch.
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A Roman to the Core, and the Core of Roma
NYTimes - about 1 year
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 - over 1 year
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
Yahoo News - over 1 year
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 2 years
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 4 years
Verona, Italy (SportsNetwork.com) - 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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
Yahoo News - over 4 years
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 4 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 4 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 4 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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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Francesco Totti
    THIRTIES
  • 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.
    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.
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    On 10 March 2016, the couple gave birth to their third child, Isabel.
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    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.
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    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.
    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.
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    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.
  • 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.
    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.
  • 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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    Prior to the start of the 2014–15 season, Totti had been one of the star players of Roma's pre-season friendlies.
  • 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.
    He scored his first goal of the 2013–14 season on 16 September, against Parma in a 3–1 victory.
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    On 20 September 2013, Roma announced that Totti had signed a new contract, keeping him at the club until 2016, past his 39th birthday.
    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.
    Totti also reached the 2013 Coppa Italia final with Roma, but lost the match 0–1 on 26 May to cross-city rivals Lazio.
  • 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.
    Totti finished the 2012–13 Serie A season with 12 goals and 12 assists from 34 appearances.
    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.
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  • 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.
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    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.
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    The 2011–12 season saw Totti initially receive few starts under Roma's new manager Luis Enrique, as the club's early struggles continued.
    On 13 March 2011, he scored two goals against Lazio which gave Roma their fifth consecutive victory in the Rome Derby.
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    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.
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  • 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.
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  • 2009
    Age 32
    In 2009, Totti sent a message of support to Iranian youths during the 2009 Iranian presidential election protests.
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    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.
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    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.
  • 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.
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    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.
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    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.
    Totti scored his 200th goal for Roma in a 4–0 victory against Torino, in the Coppa Italia, on 16 January 2008.
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  • 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.
    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.
  • TWENTIES
  • 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.
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    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.
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    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.
    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.
  • 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.
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    In the spring of 2005, he renewed his contract until 2010, with an annual salary of €5.4 million.
    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.
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    He also helped the team reach the 2005 Coppa Italia final in which Roma lost out to Inter.
  • 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.
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    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.
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  • 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.
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    In 2003, Totti won his second Serie A Footballer of the Year Award.
  • 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.
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    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.
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    He scored his first hat-trick in Serie A, in a 3–2 away win over Brescia on 30 September 2002.
  • 2001
    Age 24
    On 19 August 2001 Totti won his first Supercoppa Italiana, scoring and assisting in the 3–0 win against Fiorentina.
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    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.
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    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.
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  • 2000
    Age 23
    Totti scored in a 2–0 home win over Bologna on his season debut on 1 October 2000.
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    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.
  • 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.
    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.
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    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.
    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.
    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.
  • TEENAGE
  • 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.
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    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.
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  • 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.
    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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
    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.
    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.
  • 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.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1976
    Born
    Born on September 27, 1976.
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