As Roma’s forward Francesco Totti celebrates after scoring during the Italian Serie A football match As Roma versus Sampdoria on September 11, 2016 at Olympic stadium in Rome. PHOTO: ALBERTO PIZZOLI / AFP
Francesco Totti confirmed his retirement on Monday, the Roma legend announcing he will take a directorship role at the Serie A club.
The 40-year-old played his final game for Roma in May after 24 years with the capital-city side, and decided to call it a day despite being linked with possible moves to Japan and the United States.
“The first part of my life as a football player is over and now another more important one is about to begin,” Totti wrote on his Facebook page.
“Until May 28 I only thought about playing football, having fun and making a significant contribution to the team.
“Now I move on, I’m turning over a new leaf.”
Totti played 786 matches for Roma in total, scoring a club-record 307 goals, and won the 2006 World Cup with Italy.
The former attacking midfielder will work alongside new Roma sporting director Monchi and recently-appointed coach Eusebio di Francesco.
“I had 25 years and more of history with Roma,” Totti added.
“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.
“The beginning of a new phase, a new adventure now starts… I want to be everything and nothing, I want to be an important figure for Rome and for Roma and truly understand what I’ll do.”