The King of Rome, Francesco Totti, is calling an end to a career after 25 years with Roma. The 40-year-old World Cup winner has had a glittering career in which has cemented an immortal legacy for the club which he grew up supporting.
Totti has played amongst Roma’s best sides in their recent history, including their Serie A title winning team from 2001, but also the eight times where Roma have cruelly finished as runners up in the league since 1992 when the King of Rome began his journey.
When looking back over this 25-year period, which players deserve a place in Francesco Totti’s best ever XI? We’ve set the team up in a more narrow diamond formation.
GK) Francesco Antonioli
Part of Roma's Serie A winning side. Image Source: Twitter
The legendary Brazilian fullback. Image Source: Twitter
CB) Walter Samuel
One of Argentina's best ever defenders.
Image Source: ASRoma
Over 300 appearances for the Brazilian defender. Solid. Image Source: Twitter
LB) Vincent Candela
French World Cup winner. Image Source: Twitter
CDM) Daniele De Rossi
Over 400 appearances for the Italian defensive midfielder. Image Source: Twitter
CM) Simone Perrotta
While David Beckham would have been an asset to any Roma side, Perrotta was more than effective in midfield. Image Source: Zimbio
CM) Radja Nainggolan
The Belgian midfielder is the only player to make the side from Roma's current squad. Image Source: Twitter
CAM) Francesco Totti
The King himself. Image Source: Forzaroma
ST) Vincenzo Montella
AC Milan's current manager once was part of a formidable partnership with... Image Source: Twitter
ST) Gabriel Batistuta
Prolific for both club and country. Image Source: Youtube
SUB) Morgan De Sanctis
There's not a great deal of standout goalkeepers over Roma's history. De Sanctis was certainly one of their betters ones. Image Source: ASRoma
SUB) Christian Panucci
It was tough leaving this man out. But he can't be too downbeat at missing out to Cafu. Image Source: RedandWhiteKop
SUB) Cristian Chivu
A great choice to come on at either fullback or central. Versatile defender. Image Source: TheRealBest
SUB) Damiano Tomassi
Another name to the list of Rome's legends.
Our formation means it is a spot on the bench for the versatile Brazilian. Image Source: Chiesa Di Totti
SUB) Rodrigo Taddei
Cult hero. Image Source: Twitter
SUB) Marco Delvecchio
Clinical left foot. Image Source: Quattro Tratti
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Honorable mentions: Antonio Cassano, Marco Cassetti, Hidetoshi Nakata, Miralem Pjanic.
While some may argue that Totti would have benefited from potentially leaving Roma and joining one of Europe’s giants, like many other of Roma’s players, the capital provides a comfortable career to players who have learnt to play the game in the Italian way. But not just that, Roma has always been a competitive Italian side, for Totti to have finished as a Serie A runner up on eight occasions is ridiculous.
Regardless of the King of Rome’s loyalty which has limited him to one club, Francesco Totti has still managed to play alongside the games greatest players; World Cup winners, players who will be forever remembered by supporters of all clubs.
Most important of all, Totti has grasped the opportunity to create a legacy and to be part of history: something which many players fail to consider when deciding to end their loyalties with a club where they made their professional debut.