After a 25-year career as the face of Italy’s capital, AS Roma legend, Francesco Totti, will retire at the end of the 2016/17 season.

The news was confirmed by Roma’s new sporting director, Ramon Rodriguez Verdejo aka Monchi, on Wednesday. However, Totti’s association with his hometown club will continue as he will serve as club director upon hanging up his cleats.

“I already knew that he had this agreement with the club (to become a director) and that this was going to be his last year as a player before starting as a director. Francesco is Roma and I’m going to ask him to be close to me. Even if I can only learn one percent of what he knows, that is already a lot.” – Monchi

Totti’s swan song will be Roma’s Serie A finale at home to Genoa on May 28.

Il Gladiatore will leave the game as a once in a generation player who has been with the Giallorossi since age 13. Totti ranks second all-time in Italian Serie A with 250 goals and has made over 800 appearances in all competitions, including 25 this season.

He won the 2000/01 Serie A title and two Coppa Italia titles with Roma, as well as the 2006 World Cup with the Italian national team.

 

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