Totti retires, to become Director at Roma

Francesco Totti to become Roma director after confirming retirement from football

Football was everything to me - my passion, something that touched strings in my heart.

And the fairytale will continue beyond as a passionate Totti told the club's website he hopes to serve them as well off it as he did on it.

"Ultimately he was unable to get his family's blessing", Verdy president Hideaki Hanyu told Japan's Nikkan Sports newspaper, claiming Totti's celebrity wife Ilary Blasi had been a major factor in the collapse of its ambitious pursuit of the 40-year-old World Cup victor.

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 to end, that day to end", "For me it was too important, too significant, too exciting".

He has now released a statement confirming that he is hanging up his boots to accept a new role at the club he first joined as schoolboy in 1989. I am lucky to know this club so well, I just have to understand what I want to do, and find the right role. I was always very serious about my playing career.

It's been 25 years and more of a attractive relationship with Roma.

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

"The field of play has given me so much and I tried to give so much to these people, who day after day have shown me so much love".

"Now I'll try to make myself available... from the youth team to the president".

Totti made 786 appearance and scored 307 goals for Roma as a player. I will think about a new role that will amaze me and bring me plenty of good things.

In the era of Francesco Totti as Roma have won 5 titles (2 - Cup and the Italian Supercup, 1 Serie A), and eight times contented with the status of Vice-champion of the country.

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