Totti playing for Roma in 2013
|Full name||Francesco Totti|
|Date of birth||27 September 1976|
|Place of birth||Rome, Italy|
|Height||1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17:00, 22 February 2015 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).
Francesco Totti, Ufficiale OMRI, (Italian pronunciation: [franˈtʃesko ˈtɔtti]; born 27 September 1976) is an Italian footballer who plays for and captains Serie A club Roma. His primary playing positions are those of an attacking midfielder or supporting forward, although he has also been successfully utilized as a lone striker, or even as a winger. Totti has spent his entire career at Roma, is the number-one goalscorer and the most capped player in the club's history.
A creative playmaker renowned for his technical ability and goal scoring, Totti is considered to be one of the greatest Italian players of all time, one of the most talented players of his generation, and also, by some, as Roma's greatest ever player. He holds the record for having won 11 Oscar del calcio AIC, including five Italian Footballer of the Year awards, two Serie A Footballer of the Year awards, two Serie A goal of the year awards, one Serie A Goalscorer of the Year award and one Serie A Young Footballer of the Year award. Totti is currently the sixth highest scoring Italian in all competitions, with 312 goals.
A 2006 World Cup winner and Euro 2000 finalist, Totti was selected in the All-Star team for both tournaments. He has won many individual awards but the most important ones are the Golden Shoe and the Golden Foot. In 2004 he was named in the FIFA 100, a list of the world's greatest living players selected by Pelé as a part of FIFA's centenary celebrations. In 2011, Totti was recognized by IFFHS as the most popular footballer in Europe.
Often referred to as Il Bimbo d'Oro (The Golden Boy), Il Re di Roma (The King of Rome), Er Pupone (The Big Baby), and Il Gladiatore (The Gladiator) by the Italian sports media, Totti is currently the top active Serie A goalscorer and second all-time in league history with 240 goals.
- 1 Early career
- 2 Club career
- 3 International career
- 4 Style of play
- 5 Goal celebrations
- 6 Personal life
- 7 Television, cinema and publicity
- 8 Career statistics
- 9 Honours
- 10 Works
- 11 Orders
- 12 See also
- 13 References
- 14 Bibliography
- 15 External links
Totti was born in Rome, to parents Lorenzo and Fiorella Totti. He was raised in Porta Metronia neighbourhood. He idolized ex-Roma captain Giuseppe Giannini and regularly played football with older boys. Totti began to play youth team football at the age of 8, with Fortitudo, then he joined Smit Trastevere and Lodigiani. After coming to the attention of scouts, his mother refused a lucrative offer from AC Milan to remain in his hometown, and he joined the Roma youth squad in 1989.
After three years on the youth team, Totti made his first appearance for Roma's senior side at the age of sixteen, when coach Vujadin Boškov let him play in the 2–0 away victory against Brescia on 28 March 1993. In the following season under Carlo Mazzone, Totti began to play more games and scored his first goal on 4 September 1994 in a 1–1 draw against Foggia. By 1995, Totti had become a regular in Roma's starting line-up and scored 16 goals in the next three seasons. He always publicly praised Mazzone for helping him become a good footballer. After Mazzone left Roma, Totti also worked with Carlos Bianchi and a short-spell with a club legendary coach Nils Liedholm.
Zeman's first spell
The years with Zeman represented a maturation period of mental and physical health for Totti. From a technical and tactical point of view, he proved to be compatible in the rigid schemes of the Bohemian coach ; he also became physically more powerful and complete. On the mental and charismatic side, he played a role of greater responsibility in the team and so they saw fit to present him with number 10 jersey. The first season started well, and Totti took advantage of the 4-3-3 formation, making as many goals as possible and serving assists for his teammates. On 9 November 1997, he scored his first double in his Serie A career, against Bari, cementing his status as one of the positive surprises of the championship. In addition, some critics began to suggest that coach Cesare Maldini include him in the squad for the 1998 World Cup in France. It was generally an excellent start to the season, the exception being on 14 December 1997, when the match against Inter ended with a 3-0 defeat and the sending off of Totti. The lack of goals that resulted after that match was finally brought to a close in a 2-0 win against Napoli on 22 February 1998. From that match on until the end of the season, Totti scored 8 goals and contributed to Roma ending up in fourth place that year. The following season began with Totti being awarded the Guerin d'Oro for 1997-1998, given to him for his performance in the course of the last season of Serie A. At age of 21, Totti became the team captain 1998 and began to gain recognition as a club symbol. He scored 30 goals during Zeman's two-year managerial stint. Though Totti was not called up for the 1998 FIFA World Cup, he was named the Serie A Young Footballer of the Year in the 1998–99 season.
Capello and the 2001 Scudetto
By the 2000–01 campaign, Roma, then coached by Fabio Capello, was building a competitive team around Totti, who had started to play as attacking midfielder to take advantage of his passing skills. In this season, making his debut at home against Bologna, Totti scored in a 2-0 win. Against Udinese, Totti scored with a powerful left-footed volley. He confirmed his goalscoring form by scoring against Napoli at home in a 3-0 victory. The Yellow-reds continued their march towards the Scudetto dragged by his captain, keeping reassuring advantages than their rivals. On 17 June 2001 at the Stadio Olimpico, Roma beat Parma 3-1 with their three superstar attackers, Totti, Vincenzo Montella and Gabriel Batistuta, scoring one each, as Roma were crowned champions of Italy. On 19 August 2001 Totti won his first Supercoppa Italiana, scoring in the 3-0 win against Fiorentina.
Totti was named the Italian Footballer of the Year for 2000 and 2001. He received his first Ballon d'Or nomination in 2000, finishing fourteenth in the voting and fifth the following year. He had also become a widely recognized idol of the supporters, who were able to identify with Totti's background as a lifelong Roma supporter and Rome native and also his performances.
In the following seasons, Totti played as second striker as part of a 3–5–2 formation and scored his first hat-trick in Serie A, which will serve to beat Brescia 3-2. Also, Totti put the signature decisive in the victory at the Bernabéu against Real Madrid (0-1), on 30 October 2002, after 35 years since the last success of an Italian team at Madrid. He is repeated against Valencia, where he realized two goals in the 3-0 final. Despite this, Roma ended in 3rd place in their group of Champions League and in eighth position in Serie A. In the Coppa Italia final against AC Milan, Totti scored three times on a free kick (one at home and two at the San Siro), but Roma lost 1-4 at home and drew 2-2 at San Siro.
In the 2003-04 season, Totti and his Roma were the protagonists of the run-up to AC Milan for the Scudetto, and then failed. Throughout the league he realized 20 goals, his personal record, (and later surpassed in the 2006-07 season) that allowed him to winning his 2nd Guerin d'Oro. In addition, the Roma's captain performed more times the goal to "spoon" (became one of his trademark).
Despite a disappointing 2004–05 season that saw Capello leave for Juventus and Roma slip to eighth place while making four coaching changes during the course of the season, including Cesare Prandelli, Rudi Völler, Luigi Delneri and Bruno Conti, Totti maintained his consistent offensive output by scoring fifteen goals, among them his 100th Serie A goal against Internazionale, on 3 October 2004, with a beautiful free kick from 30 meters. Two months later, on 19 December, he became Roma's all-time leading scorer after netting his 107th career goal against Parma, breaking the record previously held by Roberto Pruzzo.
As a striker with Spalletti
Roma's new coach for the 2005–06 season, Luciano Spalletti, went with a 4–2–3–1 formation. In this formation, Totti would not remain forward waiting for crosses or passes but instead go back to take the ball, thus creating space for the attacking midfielders. In this new position, Totti began to score more frequently than the past and scored 15 goals in 24 matches. At one point during this streak, the team won 11 consecutive games. In the spring of 2005 he renewed his contract until 2010 with an annual salary of €5.4 million. In January 2006, on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum held in Davos, Pelé spent words of praise for Totti, defining him "the best player in the world". On 19 February 2006, he suffered a fracture of his left fibula and ligament damage during a match against Empoli after being fouled by Richard Vanigli. Totti risked missing the 2006 World Cup, but returned to the side on 11 May as a substitute in Roma's 3–1 Coppa Italia Final defeat to Internazionale. A metal plate had been attached to his ankle during surgery, but doctors decided not to operate again and remove it following Totti's return, after concurring that it would not affect his gameplay. He was given off-label treatments of teriparatide to speed his fracture recovery.
The 2006–07 season was a personal high for Totti, He scored 26 goals, to which are added other 6 goals considering also the Champions League (in this competition he scored three times in the group stage and one time in the round-of-16 against Lione) and Coppa Italia. Despite the elimination from the European competition by Manchester United, the yellow-reds won the Coppa Italia against Inter at the fourth attempt of many others final, with a 6-2 victory at home (Totti scored the 1-0 after fifty seconds) and a 2-1 defeat at Meazza. Totti so won his fist Coppa Italia as captain. In the first half of the season, on 26 October 2006, against Sampdoria, he is the author of an amazing goal with a left-volley shot from a very tight angle. this goal was voted as the best goal of the season and it was included in the top ten goals from incredible angles drafted by The Sun. On 27 May 2007, Totti became the Serie A's top scorer with 26 goals and the following 17 June, he also was the recipient of the ESM European Golden Shoe award as the top European goalscorer. Despite being the highest active goalscorer in Serie A, he was not among the finalists for the 2007 FIFA World Player of the Year due to his national team absence, though he was nominated for the 2007 Ballon d'Or, finishing tenth in the voting.
Totti scored his 200th goal with Roma in a 4–0 victory against Torino in Coppa Italia, on 16 January 2008. He was named the Italian Footballer of the Year for the fifth time in his career on 28 January. The following month, on 24 February he reached 386 appearances in Serie A with the Yellow-reds in the match against Fiorentina, equaling the record previously held by Giacomo Losi, Roma captain of the sixties. He managed to surpass the record, on 27 February, in the following match against Inter: Francesco Totti so became the player with most appearances in Serie A in the history of Roma. On 9 March, in Napoli-Roma (0-2), he collected the 500th overall presence with the shirt of Roma, among other things, signing the second goal on a penalty kick. He suffered a season-ending injury to his right knee during a 1–1 draw with Livorno on 19 April. Tests revealed a tear of his ACL that required surgery, making him miss four months. Roma won their ninth Coppa Italia with a 2–1 victory over Internazionale on 24 May. Though Totti did not play, he was still allowed to lift the cup as the team's captain. With this win, Totti became the most successful captain in team history. At that time, he has won five titles and ten runners-up medals.
In the 2008-2009 season Totti recovered readily from the previous injury, thus becoming protagonist in the derby (assist for the winning goal of Júlio Baptista), in the game against Lecce (assists for Vučinić and "spoon" that closed the match) and in the home game against Fiorentina (with a shot from the limit of the area ). In the Champions League, he scored against Cluj (on a free kick) and the second goal in a 2-0 win against Bordeaux. On 8 November 2008, in Bologna-Roma (1-1), he reached the 400 appearances in Serie A, scoring the goal of momentary advantage. On 19 April 2009, in Roma-Lecce (3-2), he scored his 175° goal, surpassing Amedeo Amadei and becoming the Roma's highest scorer of all time. In addition with this goal, Totti entered in the top 10 ranking of the markers of the Serie A.
Roma's difficult start to the 2008–09 season and continued struggles at the start of the 2009–10 season saw Spalletti resign after his four-year reign and be replaced by Claudio Ranieri. Totti performed well in the inaugural UEFA Europa League. He has since scored three hat-tricks, first in a 7–1 away win against Gent in the third qualifying round and then another with the same score against Košice at the Olimpico in the play-off round. He also scored 3 goals against Bari, after seven years from the last in the Serie A (against Brescia in the 2002-03 season) and upon his return from a month-long injury.
On 30 November 2009, Totti confirmed he had signed a new five-year playing contract which will see him with the club until 2014, after which he will become a club director for a further five years. The deal was made official by the Board of Directors on 16 December 2009. Roma offered a gross annual salary of €8.9M for 2009–10 and €8.6M in the next 4 seasons. He was the highest earning player of Roma in recent seasons until surpassed by Daniele De Rossi in 2012.
With a 24-match unbeaten run in Serie A, Roma became the only challengers to Inter in the last three rounds for the league title, ultimately finishing runners-up after the final fixture. Despite Totti's several injury problems, he surpassed legends such as Gabriel Batistuta, Giuseppe Signori, and Kurt Hamrin in the all-time league scoring records. Totti also played in the Coppa Italia Final against Inter on 5 May 2010 but received a red card in the closing minutes of the second half for kicking Mario Balotelli. Roma lost 0–1, failing to bring home their 10th Coppa Italia.
In the 2010–11 season, Roma continued their 'traditional' early struggles, partly blamed on Ranieri's failure to develop a consistent set of tactics, changing both formations and lineups after every week. Though on a personal level, Totti won the Golden Foot award, Ranieri's lack of faith in Totti meant that the captain would face more time on the substitute's bench in favour of Marco Borriello, Mirko Vučinić and Jérémy Menez. This limited playing time (including an 91st minute substitution against Sampdoria) resulted in only three league goals in 21 appearances. Following Roma's loss against Genoa on 20 February 2011, Ranieri resigned as manager of Roma and Totti saw his former teammate Vincenzo Montella appoint to caretaker coach.
Montella reverted to Spalletti's 4–2–3–1 system and Totti appeared to find his best performance again. On 3 March, Totti has been voted the best active Italian player in a poll conducted by La Gazzetta dello Sport with 100 Italian personalities, including footballers, politicians and showmen, took part in the vote. On 13 March 2011, he scored two goals against Lazio allowing at the Yellow-reds to get his fifth consecutive victory in the derby. On this occasion was born the nickname "The King of Rome is not dead", coined at the time of the second goal from the comments of the Northern Irish commentator Richard Whittle, Al Jazeera's correspondent. The following 20 March, Totti became the sixth player in Serie A history to score 200 goals, finding the target twice in that 2–2 draw with to raise his total to 201. On 1 May, Totti scored a brace against Bari to equal and overtake Roberto Baggio in the total number of goals scored in the league with his 205th and 206th goals. Thus, he became the top fifth all-time Serie A goalscorer behind only Silvio Piola, Gunnar Nordahl, Giuseppe Meazza and José Altafini. Totti completed a remarkable turn-around in his season, completing the 2010–11 Serie A campaign with 15 goals – scoring 12 goals in Roma's last thirteen league fixtures.
At the end of the season, Roma have a revolution with club owner changed from Rosella Sensi to the American consortium led by Thomas DiBenedetto. Under the new management, the club did not offer a permanent contract to Montella, let him to coach another Serie A side Catania and then appointed Luis Enrique, a Barcelona B tactician to build the Spanish-based football style for the club's long term project.
Back to a playmaker with Enrique
The 2011–12 season began with Totti getting few starts under Luis Enrique in a year that got off to a rocky start for Roma. He sustained an injury on 1 October 2011 in the second half against Atalanta which kept him out of action until being subbed in at the 66th minute on 20 November against Lecce, which Roma won 2–1. During this absence, his presence was sorely missed on the pitch as the giallorossi's predominantly new and young team suffered highs and lows in their performances as they grew accustomed to each other.
In mid-December, as Totti began regaining form post-injury, his presence became more regular in Enrique's formations, often playing attacking midfielder. On 12 December an otherwise strong performance on pitch against Juventus, inclusive of an assist to Daniele De Rossi's opening goal, was marred by missing a second half penalty. Totti offered up several more assists, notably Pablo Osvaldo's in Roma's 3–1 win over Napoli at the San Paolo, and De Rossi's goal against Catania at the Massimino. In the Roma tailsman's deeper position on pitch he doesn't seek out goals as often, opting to rather play more of a supporting role by bridging the attack and midfield, his presence and experience in games offering much needed depth.
On 8 January 2012, Totti scored his first goal of the season against Chievo, converting first one penalty in the first half and then another in the second, in a game which ended 2–0 for Roma. He went on to score two goals in a 5–1 win against Cesena which allowed Totti to set a new record as his second goal of the match brought his tally to 211 league goals – the most any player has ever scored for a single club in Serie A. As the second round of the season begins, Totti's goals remain at four but his performances continue to convince and in Roma's 4–0 win over Inter on 5 February, Totti's corner turned into an assist for Juan as he headed in the opening goal in Roma's dominating performance. As of that game, Totti's stats for the season are 8 goals and 7 assists in 25 appearances. Totti scored his fifth goal of the season in a 3–1 victory over Udinese. He scored again in a 2–1 loss against Fiorentina, and two weeks later on his 500-th match in Serie A he scored two goals in a 2–2 draw against Catania at the Olimpico.
Zeman's second spell
After Luis Enrique decided to resign due to an unsuccessful season, in which Roma failed to qualify for European football for the first time in 15 years, the club decided to appoint their former manager Zdeněk Zeman to reunite with Totti again. Zeman tried to put Totti as a left forward in his favorite tactic 4–3–3, like he used 13 years ago. On 2 September, Totti provided 2 assists for Alessandro Florenzi and Pablo Osvaldo in Roma's 3–1 win over Inter at the San Siro. After the match, he received high praise from the media about his performance, even at the advanced age of nearly 36 years old. Two weeks later, he scored his 216th Serie A goal in the home game against Sampdoria, making him the joint third all-time highest goalscorer in Serie A. On 21 October, Totti surpassed both Giuseppe Meazza and José Altafini joint-record after scoring the first of Roma's goals in a 2–4 away win at Genoa. He scored his third goal in the season against Parma in a 3–2 loss. On 4 November, Totti scored Roma's first goal in a 4–1 home victory against Palermo, his fourth of the season. On 8 December, Totti scored 2 goals in a 4–2 home victory against Fiorentina, standing with 6 goals in the season.
On 20 January 2013, Totti scored his seventh goal of the season against Inter from the penalty spot. On 1 February, he scored his eighth goal of the season in a 2–4 defeat to Cagliari and his ninth goal fifteen days later, the only goal in the match at home against Juventus. On 3 March, he scored his 225th goal against Genoa to become Serie A's joint second top scorer along with Gunnar Nordahl, as Roma cruised to a 3–1 victory. Totti finally broke Nordahl's record by scoring another goal against Parma, thus increasing his tally to 226 goals. On April 8, with a goal on a penalty kick in the 1-1 draw against Lazio, he becomes the top scorer of all time in the Rome derby with 9 goals, on par with Dino Da Costa and Marco Delvecchio. Totti finished season with 34 appearances and 12 goals.
With the arrival of Roma's new coach Rudi Garcia, in the summer of 2013, Totti was positioned as a false-9 so as drop deep to collect the ball and create space for the wingers to exploit. On 20 September 2013, Roma announced that Totti had signed a new contract that will keep him at the club until 2016, at which time he would be 39 years old. He scored his first goal in the 2013–14 season against Parma in a 3–1 victory. He followed that with two strikes in Roma's 3–0 away victory at Inter, helping the team maintain its 100% record after seven games. On 20 November he received the award "Captain of captains" by the association Editutto and Baker Tilly Revisa. On 12 January 2014, Totti returned to the goal at the Stadio Olimpico in a 4-0 victory against Genoa. He scored again, on 26 January, in the 3-1 win against Verona. On 14 February, captain of Roma is forced to a stop again about a month for a bruised right buttock. On 17 March, date of his return against Udinese, Totti scored the first goal of the match and he dragged the team to the final 3-2. Eight days later, at Roma-Torino, Totti celebrated 700 appearances overall with Roma. On 2 April, in the recovery of the match suspended in February, he marked his 20th goal in career against Parma (personal record) in a 4-2 victory. He finished the season with 8 goals (the last one scored in a 4-1 defeat against Catania) and 10 assists that allow him to win the award of assist-man of the Serie A.
On 30 September 2014, three days after his 38th birthday, Totti scored Roma's equaliser in a Champions League group stage draw at Manchester City, thus becoming the oldest scorer in the history of the competition. This was also Totti's 300th professional career goal. On the 11th January 2015, Totti scored 2 goals against local rivals Lazio, making him the joint all-time top scorer in the Rome Derby, alongside Dino Da Costa, with 11 goals.
Totti first came into international prominence while playing in UEFA youth tournaments. Totti scored in Italy’s 4–1 defeat to Spain in the final of the UEFA Under-18 Championship in July 1995. He subsequently won the UEFA Under-21 Championship with Italy in 1996; in the final, he opened the scoring as the match ended in a 1–1 draw against the Spanish, although Italy were able to win the final on penalties. In the same year, he also played a key role in helping Italy to win a gold medal at the 1996 Mediterranean Games, on home soil.
After starring with the Azzurrini in Italy's Under-19 and Under-21 sides, Totti earned his first senior cap for Italy under the recently appointed international manager Dino Zoff, during a 2-0 Euro 2000 qualifying victory against Switzerland, on 10 October 1998. Totti scored his first goal for Italy on 26 April 2000, in a 2-0 friendly win over Portugal, in Reggio Calabria. He scored his first brace for Italy in a 2006 FIFA World Cup Qualifying match, in 4-3 home win over Belarus, on 13 October 2004. In total, Totti has made 58 appearances for Italy between 1998 and 2006, scoring 9 goals.
Italy went to Euro 2000 with Totti in excellent form; overall, he scored 2 goals and provided an assist during the tournament. His first goal of the tournament came against co-host nation Belgium in the first round, as Totti headed in Albertini's cross from a set-piece. His second goal of the tournament came against Romania in the quarter-finals, with an accurate strike following Fiore's assist. In Italy's semi-final shootout victory over co-hosts the Netherlands, Totti's confidently chipped penalty was named as one of the "magic moments" of the tournament. Though Italy lost to defending World Cup Champions France 2-1 in extra time in the final, Totti was named the man of the match, and he started the play which led to Delvecchio's opening goal; Totti sent an unmarked Pessotto down the right wing with a back-heel pass, allowing him space to cross the ball into the area, where it was put into the net by Delvecchio. Later during the second half of the match, Totti provided two scoring opportunities for Alessandro Del Piero, which the Juventus forward was unable to convert. Totti was selected for the 22-man Team of the Tournament due to his performances throughout the European Championship.
2002 World Cup
After being handed the number 10 shirt and Italy's playmaking duties, much was expected of Totti in his début World Cup under manager Giovanni Trapattoni. Despite a promising start at the 2002 World Cup, as he set-up Vieri's first goal in Italy's 2-0 opening win over Ecuador, disappointment followed however, with Totti failing to score or make a significant impact throughout the tournament. Despite helping to set up Vieri's goal in a disappointing and controversial 2-1 defeat to Croatia in Italy's second group match, also hitting the post from a free-kick, his lacklustre performances throughout the tournament were later criticised by the Italian media, in particular as he missed several scoring opportunities in Italy's 1-1 draw against Mexico in their final group match, as Italy narrowly qualified for the knockout stage. Despite setting up Veri's goal in Italy's second round defeat to co-hosts South Korea from a corner, his performance was once again criticised, in particular as during extra-time, he was sent off after being handed a controversial second yellow card by referee Byron Moreno for an alleged dive in the penalty area.
Totti acquired a measure of infamy at Euro 2004 after he spat at Danish midfielder Christian Poulsen in a goalless draw on 14 June 2004. He was subsequently banned until the semifinals, but never made it back to action and finished the competition scoreless due to Italy's elimination in the first round on direct encounters, following a three-way five point tie with Sweden and Denmark.
2006 World Cup
Totti recovered in time to join the national team for their victorious 2006 World Cup campaign despite not having had much match practice during his three months on the sidelines recovering from injury. Italy manager Marcello Lippi showed enormous faith in Totti, assuring him during his rehabilitation that his spot in the Azzurri World Cup team was secure and to focus on recuperating. This encouragement and show of faith fueled Totti's desire to work even harder to overcome what could have been a career-ending injury and make it to the World Cup against all odds (and much of the Italian media's opinion). Totti did recuperate in time and in fact played the entire time in Germany with metal plates in his ankle that had yet to be removed following the surgery. Nonetheless, he was a fixture in Marcello Lippi's side, playing in all of Italy's seven games, including the final against France.
During the tournament Totti played along with Andrea Pirlo behind strikers Luca Toni, Alberto Gilardino, or Vincenzo Iaquinta, forming a dangerous attacking-midfield pairing, while the offensive players were supported defensively by Gattuso, Perrotta, and De Rossi. Totti, along with his team mate Andrea Pirlo, as well as Riquelme, Schweinsteiger, and Figo, finished the tournament with the most assists. Throughout the World Cup, Totti set up Pirlo's goal in Italy's opening match against Ghana, Materazzi's goal in Italy's final group match against the Czech Republic, and two goals by Zambrotta and Toni against Ukraine in the quarter-finals; he was also involved in the build-up which led to Del Piero's goal against hosts Germany in the semi-finals. Totti also scored a goal via an injury time penalty in Italy's 1–0 round-of-16 win over Australia on 26 June. In recognition of a successful tournament, Totti was selected for the 23-man All-Star Team.
Totti intended to retire from the Azzurri after the end of the World Cup, but reneged on his decision and remained undecided on his future for over a year, not being called up in the meantime. He made his retirement official on 20 July 2007, at the beginning of the 2007–08 Serie A season, due to recurring physical problems, and in order to focus solely on club play with Roma. Then-Italy coach, Roberto Donadoni attempted to get Totti to change his mind for the remaining Euro 2008 qualifiers but was not successful.
After the national team reunited with Marcello Lippi, Totti announced that he would play in the 2010 World Cup Finals in South Africa if he got called up. However, there was no official statement release from Totti or Lippi about a possible comeback. In the event, Totti was not named in the final squad, and Italy was subsequently eliminated, finishing last in their group, their worst ever group stage result in World Cup history. Diego Maradona and former national teammates Fabio Cannavaro and Gianluigi Buffon said one of the reasons for Italy's early exit is that the Azzurri lack creative players like Totti.
In March 2013, the former Italy coach, Cesare Prandelli stated that he would consider Totti's comeback for 2014 World Cup. In October 2013, Prandelli said: "Totti is in fantastic form. His condition right now does make you reflect. If the World Cup was around the corner, I would have no doubts and would absolutely call him up. But we will evaluate the player's condition one month prior to the World Cup." However, at the time of the choice of the final 23-man Italian squad for the World Cup, the Italy coach excluded the Roma striker, preferring to focus the team around younger players, receiving numerous criticisms by the entire Italian football movement. Among these, also former Brazilian international footballer Cafu, who also played for Roma and Milan, who revealed that he would have liked to see Totti competing for Italy at the World Cup in Brazil, and that he preferred the Roma captain over Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. Without Totti, Italy was eliminated in the first round for the second consecutive time after South Africa 2010, finishing third in their group.
Style of play
Throughout his long career at his hometown club, Roma, Totti has predominantly played as an offensive-midfield playmaker, or as a supporting or deep-lying forward, behind the main striker; only in the later years of his Roma career was he mainly employed in the role of a main striker. Wearing the number 10 jersey, Totti is capable of playing anywhere along the front-line, and has also been deployed as a winger under Zeman, and most notably as a false-9 under Spalletti and Garcia. While being an accurate finisher and the sixth highest goal scoring Italian in club competition, he is also renowned for his creativity and ability to provide assists for his teammates: his role has at times been described as that of a hardworking, generous, quick and dynamic centre forward. During his two-year period with Zdeněk Zeman, in the 1997-98 season, Totti underwent an athletic development; undergoing a muscle strengthening program to adapt to the rhythms of 21st century football, gaining physical strength, stamina, fitness, and shooting power, to the detriment of some of his speed and agility.
His principal characteristics are his creativity, vision, acceleration, ball control, dribbling, precise passing, and powerful and accurate shooting ability, from inside and outside the area, with either foot. Totti is also an accurate penalty kick and free kick taker; he is also able to consistently provide 'killer balls' to strikers, occasionally through his trademark use of the backheel. Totti has also performed the cucchiaio chip, which roughly translates to "spoon" in English, and has often used this gesture on penalties. His most famous lobbed goal is widely regarded as the goal he scored against Inter, where he dribbled past Materazzi before chipping the ball over Julio Cesar, which was named the best goal in Serie A in the 2005-06 season. Another goal using this technique, was scored against Lazio in the Derby della Capitale, which ended 5-1 in favour of Roma. Because of his penchant for scoring goals using this particular gesture, the title of his 2006 autobiography Tutto Totti: Mo je faccio er cucchiaio (English: All about Totti: I'm gonna chip him now) references this technique, as well the statement made to his Italy team mates before his memorable Euro 2000 semifinal shootout penalty against the Netherlands.
Totti is known for his exuberant and humorous goal celebration. His most famous celebration took place on 11 April 1999 in the second Derby della Capitale of the 1998–99 season, in which he scored during the final minutes of the game and celebrated by flashing a T-shirt under his jersey, which read "Vi ho purgato ancora" ("I've purged you guys again"), in reference to events at the previous derby against Lazio on 29 November 1998 when Totti helped Roma come back from 3–1 down with an assist to Eusebio Di Francesco for 3–2 and finally a goal of his own for 3–3. Another derby goal against Lazio saw him take over a sideline camera and aim it at the Roma fans.
Totti's displayed numerous message T-shirts under his jersey over the years, including two for his wife "6 Unica" ("You're the One") and "6 Sempre Unica" ("You're Still the One") and a political one "Liberate Giuliana" ("Free Giuliana") in honor of Giuliana Sgrena, an Italian journalist kidnapped in 2005 by insurgents in Iraq (later freed). The most recent shirt's message was "Scusate il Ritardo" ("Sorry for the delay") which he flashed on 8 January 2012 in an apology to fans for his goal-scoring drought after scoring his first goal of the season versus Chievo.
As a tribute to his then-pregnant wife, Ilary Blasi, Totti imitated a childbirth scene by stuffing the ball under his shirt and lying on his back while his teammates extracted the ball. His current ritual of sucking his thumb after a goal began after his son was born and subsequently after the birth of his daughter. Blasi has revealed that Totti sucks his thumb also dedicating his celebration to her, and not only for their children. On 11 January 2015, after his 239th goal in Serie A, Totti came up with another historic goal celebration. Italian forward scored two goals against Lazio in the Derby della Capitale when Roma came back from 2-0 and after his second goal he took a selfie with Roma fans.
Totti's wife Ilary Blasi is a former showgirl who has been a co-host of Italia 1's hit show Le Iene since 2007. When the couple married on 19 June 2005 at the Basilica of Santa Maria in Aracoeli, their wedding was aired on television with proceeds being donated to charity. They had their first child, Cristian, on 6 November 2005. Their second child, a daughter named Chanel, was born on 13 May 2007. The couple has often been referred to as the "Italian Beckhams" and their private lives are often speculated upon in Italian magazines and tabloids.
Totti's brother Riccardo serves as his agent and manages many of his brand and business interests, under the name "Number Ten", including the Francesco Totti Academy, a football training school, and the Totti Soccer School, which is a soccer camp for children with disabilities. Totti also owns a motorcycle racing team called Totti Top Sport.
Totti became a goodwill ambassador for UNICEF in 2003, and the FIFA/SOS Children's Villages in January 2006. As a fundraiser for a children's charity, he published two best selling, self-effacing joke books containing jokes the locals often told about him and his teammates. Some of the jokes were filmed in short sketches featuring himself with good friends and national teammates Alessandro Del Piero, Gianluigi Buffon, Christian Vieri, Antonio Cassano, Marco Delvecchio and Alessandro Nesta and former national team coach Giovanni Trapattoni in a short show called La sai l'ultima di Totti. On the 16th of January 2008 he appeared as “PaperTotti” in a famous Comic book. The proceeds of the subscriptions were given as a gift for charity. The Roma captain was the official testimonial of “Partita del Cuore”, charity match between singers and vips played on the 12th of May 2008 to promote a fund raising for the construction of the “Campus Produttivo della Legalità e della Solidarietà” (Productive Campus of Legality and Solidarity).
Totti also collects jerseys from teams around the world. In 2003, after a Six Nations rugby match between Italy and Ireland, Irish players Brian O'Driscoll and Denis Hickie each received a Totti jersey in exchange for their own shirts.
Television, cinema and publicity
In 2002, Fiat principal executive Gianni Agnelli, a lifelong fan and the ex-president of Juventus, chose Totti to publicize the launch of the new Stilo instead of a Juventus player. Having been signed to sportswear company Nike, Totti featured in Nike's "Secret Tournament" advertisement, directed by Terry Gilliam, in the build up to the 2002 World Cup in Korea and Japan. He appeared alongside football players including Ronaldo, Ronaldinho, Luís Figo, Roberto Carlos and Japanese star Hidetoshi Nakata, with former player Eric Cantona the tournament "referee".
Totti is featured on the cover of Pro Evolution Soccer 4 along with Thierry Henry and Italian referee Pierluigi Collina. Between 2005 and 2008 his sponsors changed to sportswear company Diadora and soft drink Pepsi Twist, with a commercial filmed in the camps of Trigoria by director Gabriele Muccino. Since May 2006, he has appeared in a series of advertisements for the telephone company Vodafone. On December 2006 Totti and his wife Ilary Blasi, lent their voices to an Italian dubbing of an episode of the television series The Simpsons entitled Marge and Homer Turn a Couple Play, in which Totti voiced Buck Mitchell.
In 2007 he appeared in the movie L'allenatore nel Pallone 2 in the role of a defense attorney. Since 2008 he has participated many times in the television program C'è posta per te, in the second series of the Italian fiction Cesaroni, in the reality show Grande Fratello 8 and an episode of Paperissima. In September 2008 a collection of figurines dedicated to him came out at newsstands in the Lazio region entitled "Francesco Totti, the captain". In February 2010, Totti was named ambassador for online poker company Party Poker. In May 2010, he presented in Rome, with the actor Russell Crowe, the special edition of the film Gladiator, produced by Universal Pictures in honor of the football team AS Roma to celebrate the tenth year of the film's release. Since December 2013, after almost 10 years, he was again sponsored by Nike for a duration of two years. Two murals of Totti, sponsored by Nike, were created in Rome.
- Correct as of 26 February 2015.
|Team||Season||Serie A||Coppa Italia||Europe1||Other
- Serie A : 579 appearances, 240 goals
- Coppa Italia : 55 appearances, 17 goals
- Supercoppa Italiana : 5 appearances, 1 goal
- UEFA Champions League : 55 appearances, 18 goals
- UEFA Europa League : 40 appearances, 21 goals
- FIFA World Cup : 11 appearances, 1 goal
- UEFA European Championship : 6 appearances, 2 goals
- Serie A (7): 2001–02, 2003–04, 2005–06, 2006–07, 2007–08, 2009–10, 2013–14
- Coppa Italia (5): 2002–03, 2004–05, 2005–06, 2009–10, 2012–13
- Supercoppa Italiana (3): 2006, 2008, 2010
- Guerin d'Oro (2): 1998, 2004
- Serie A Young Footballer of the Year: 1999
- Euro 2000 Final Man of the Match
- Euro 2000 Team of the Tournament
- Serie A Footballer of the Year (2): 2000, 2003
- Italian Footballer of the Year (5): 2000, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2007
- ESM Team of the Year (3): 2000–01, 2003–04, 2006–07
- FIFA 100
- Serie A Goal of the Year (2): 2005, 2006
- 2006 FIFA World Cup All-Star Team
- Serie A Top Scorer: 2006–07
- European Golden Shoe: 2006–07
- USSI Silver Ball: 2007–08
- Golden Foot: 2010
- Premio Nazionale Carriera Esemplare "Gaetano Scirea": 2014
- Premio Internazionale Giacinto Facchetti: 2014
- 2000 – 7th
- 2001 – 4th
- 2007 – 7th
- Serie A Active Leading Goalscorer: 240 goals
- Serie A Active Appearance Maker: 579 games
- Roma All-Time Leading Goalscorer: 297 goals
- Roma All-Time Leading Goalscorer in Serie A: 240 goals
- Roma All-Time Leading Goalscorer in UEFA Champions League: 18 goals
- Roma All-Time Leading Goalscorer in UEFA Europa League: 21 goals
- Roma All-Time Leading Goalscorer in UEFA Competitions: 39 goals
- Roma All-Time Appearance Maker: 734 games
- Roma All-Time Appearance Maker in Serie A: 579 games
- Roma All-Time Appearance Maker in UEFA Champions League: 55 games
- Roma All-Time Appearance Maker in UEFA Europa League: 40 games
- Roma All-Time Appearance Maker in UEFA competitions: 95 games
- UEFA Champions League oldest goalscorer: aged 38 years 59 days as of 25 November 2014[update] 
- Rome Derby All-Time Leading Goalscorer in Serie A: 11 goals
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