Roma legend Francesco Totti is to retire at the end of the season, ending his 24-year playing career with the club.
Totti’s impending retirement was revealed by Roma’s new sporting director Monchi. Once he has hung up his boots, Totti will become a director at the club where he has spent his entire career.
Totti, aged 40, has scored 307 goals in 783 appearances in all competitions for Roma and is the club captain. He made his debut for the club on March 28, 1993 as a 16-year-old, coming on as a substitute in a 2-0 win against Brescia.
He has made 15 appearances in Serie A this season, although most have been as a substitute, and scored 2 goals.
In addition, Totti made 58 appearances for Italy, scoring 9 goals. He was part of Italy’s 2006 World Cup-winning squad.
“There is an agreement with the club that this will be his last year,” Monchi said. “Then he will continue as a director. I want him on my side because he is Roma and can teach me what Roma is.”
Totti’s final game could be a home fixture against Genoa on May 28.
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