Francesco Totti

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Francesco Totti
Francesco Totti Chelsea vs AS-Roma 10AUG2013.jpg
Totti playing for Roma in 2013
Personal information
Full name Francesco Totti
Date of birth (1976-09-27) 27 September 1976 (age 37)
Place of birth Rome, Italy
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)[1]
Playing position Attacking midfielder
Second striker
Club information
Current team
Roma
Number 10
Youth career
1984 Fortitudo
1984–1986 Smit Trastevere
1986–1989 Lodigiani
1989–1992 Roma
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1993– Roma 561 (235)
National team
1992 Italy U15 6 (3)
1991–1992 Italy U16 13 (2)
1993–1995 Italy U18 14 (7)
1995–1997 Italy U21 8 (4)
1997 Italy U23 4 (2)
1998–2006 Italy 58 (9)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17:00, 18 May 2014 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

Francesco Totti, Ufficiale OMRI,[2] (born 27 September 1976) is an Italian footballer who is the captain of Serie A club Roma. His primary position is that of a trequartista, though he has also been successfully utilized as a lone striker. Totti has spent his entire career at Roma, is the number-one goalscorer and the most capped player in the club's history. He is considered to be one of the greatest players of his generation,[3] and also as Roma's greatest player ever.[4] 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.

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[5] and the Golden Foot.[6] He was named in the FIFA 100, a list of the 125 greatest living footballers selected by Pelé as a part of FIFA's centenary celebrations.[7] In 2011, Totti has been recognized by IFFHS as the most popular footballer in Europe.[8]

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 235 goals.

Early career[edit]

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.

Club career[edit]

Early seasons[edit]

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[edit]

The years with Zeman represented for Totti a maturation period of mental and physical health. From the point of view of technical and tactical, he proved to be compatible in the rigid schemes of the coach Bohemian; he also became physically more powerful and complete. On the mental side and charismatic, he played a role of greater responsibility in the AS Roma and the team invested him of the shirt number 10. The first season started well, and Totti took advantage of the 4-3-3 formation for making as many goals as possible and serve assists for his teammates. On 9 November 1997 he scored his first two goals in the same match of Serie A, against Bari, confirming of be one of the positive surprises of the championship. In addition, some critics began to suggest Totti at the coach of the National Cesare Maldini for the 1998 World Cup in France. It was in general of an excellent start to the season, compromised on 14 December 1997, when the challenge against Inter is resolved with a 3-0 defeat and an expulsion of Totti. The abstinence of the goal, initiated by the previous defeat, is interrupted in a 2-0 win against Napoli on 22 February 1998. From that match at the end of the season, Totti realized 8 goals and he contributed to the fourth place of the Roma. The following season began with the victory of the Guerin d'Oro 1997-1998, for his performance in the course of the last championship of serie A. At the age of 21, Totti assumed the team captaincy in 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[edit]

Decal of Totti alongside the Scudetto shield, displayed on a house in Rome.

By the 2000–01 campaign, Roma, then helmed by Fabio Capello, was building a competitive team around Totti, who had started to play as trequartista to take advantage of his passing skills. In this season, making his debut at home against Bologna, Totti scored and brought the team to a 2-0 win. Another match to remember is that against Udinese, where Totti scored with a powerful left-footed volley. He confirmed his moment of form by scoring against Napoli at home, in a 3-0 win. The Giallorossi continued their march towards the Scudetto dragged by his captain, keeping reassuring advantages than their rivals. On 17 June 2001, in an Stadio Olimpico that records sold out, Roma beat 3-1 Parma thanks to goals by Totti, Montella and Batistuta, result with which Roma is crowned champion of Italy. On 19 August 2001 Totti won his first Supercoppa Italiana, scoring the definitive 3-0 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.[9] 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 prowess on the pitch.

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, he 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.[10] He is repeated against Valencia, where he realized two goals in the 3-0 final.[11] 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 2003, still receives two more Oscars for best football AIC and how best Italian player ever.

in the 2003-2004 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 2006-2007 season) that allowed him to winning his 2nd Guerin d'Oro. In addition, the Roma 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[edit]

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".[12] 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.[13] 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.[14] He was given off-label treatments of teriparatide to speed his fracture recovery.[15]

Totti during Spalletti's later years.

The 2006–07 season was a personal high for Totti, as he finished as Serie A's top scorer with 26 goals as Roma finished runners-up to Inter but exacted revenge on the Nerazzurri as they took home the 2007 Coppa Italia. Totti 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[16] 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 giallorossi 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 Rome. 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.[17] 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.[18] 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 game)[19] and in the home match 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 giallorosso. On 19 April 2009, in Roma-Lecce (3-2), he scored his 175° goal, surpassing Amedeo Amadei and becoming the highest scorer of all time of the Rome. In addition with this goal, Totti entered in the top 10 ranking of the markers of the Serie A.[20]

Ranieri era[edit]

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 2002-2003 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.[21] The deal was made official by the Board of Directors on 16 December 2009.[22] Roma offered a gross annual salary of €8.9M for 2009–10 and €8.6M in the next 4 seasons.[23] 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[24]) 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's reign[edit]

Totti in 2011

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 Giallorossi 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.[25] 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.[26] 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.[27] Under the new management, the club did not offer a permanent contract to Montella, let him to coach another Serie A side Catania[28] and then appointed Luis Enrique, a Barcelona B tactician to build the Spanish-based football style for the club's long term project.[29]

Back to a playmaker with Enrique[edit]

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.[30] 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 trequartista or 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.[31] 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[edit]

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.[32] 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.[33]

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, a beautiful 113 km/hr stunner at home against Juventus, the only goal in the match.[34] 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.[35] 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.

Garcia's era[edit]

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.[36] 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.[37] On 12 January, Totti returned to the goal at the Stadio Olimpico against Genoa in a 4-0 victory.[38] He scored again on 26 January against Verona in the 3-1 win. Captain of Rome is forced to a stop again about a month for a bruised right buttock. On 17 March 2014, date of his return against Udinese, he scored the first goal of the match and he dragged the team to the final 3-2.[39] On 25 March 2014, at Roma-Torino, Totti celebrated 700 appearances overall with Roma. On 2 April 2014, in the recovery of the twenty-second day of Serie A, he marked his 20th goal in career against Parma (personal record) in a 4-2 win for the Giallorossi.[40] He finished the season with 8 goals (the last one scored against Catania in a 4-1 defeat) and 10 assists that allow him to win the award of assist-man of the Serie A.[41]

International career[edit]

Totti in the Euro 2000 final against France
Totti, the president Giorgio Napolitano and the team celebrate the victory in the 2006 World Cup
Totti in 2007

Totti first came into international prominence while playing in UEFA youth tournaments. He scored in Italy’s 4–1 defeat by Spain in the final of the UEFA Under-18 Championship in July 1995. Totti won the UEFA Under-21 Championship in 1996, in the final match, he opened the scoring in a 1–1 draw against the Spanish before triumphing on penalties. After starring with the Azzurrini in Italy's Under-19 and Under-21 sides, Totti earned his first cap for Italy during a Euro 2000 qualifying victory against Switzerland on 10 October 1998.

Euro 2000[edit]

Italy went to Euro 2000 with Totti in excellent form. He scored 2 goals during the tournament. The first goal came against co-host nation Belgium in the first round, the second against Romania in the quarter-finals. His confidently chipped penalty in the semi-final shootout victory over the Netherlands was named as one of the "magic moments" of the tournament.[42] Though Italy lost to France in the final, Totti was named the man of the match[43] and was selected for the 22-man Team of the Tournament.

2002 World Cup[edit]

After being handed the number 10 shirt and Italy's playmaking duties, much was expected of Totti in his début World Cup. However, disappointment followed at the 2002 World Cup, with Totti failing to make a significant impact and then being sent off during Italy's second-round loss to South Korea after being handed a controversial second yellow card by Byron Moreno for an alleged dive in the penalty area.

Euro 2004[edit]

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.

2006 World Cup[edit]

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. 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. During the tournament he played along with Andrea Pirlo behind lone striker Luca Toni, forming a dangerous attacking-midfield pairing. Totti finished the tournament with the most assists of any player, as well as scoring a single goal via a 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.[44]

Retirement[edit]

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, 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.[45]

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 current 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."[46]

Style of play[edit]

Totti is an artist of football, a true Number 10, just like I was.[47]

Michel Platini

Throughout his long career at his hometown club, Roma, Totti has predominantly played in the role of the attacking-midfielder/playmaker or as second 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. Totti has also been employed as a winger under Garcia, and most notably as a false-9 under Spalletti.[48] While being an accurate finisher, he primarily serves as an assist-man and a creator of plays: 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, during the 1997-1998 season, Totti underwent an athletic development; in fact he decided to perform a muscle strengthening to adapt to the rhythms of 21st century football, gaining physical strength, stamina, fitness, and shooting power, to the detriment of some of his agility.[49] His principal characteristics are his great creativity and vision of the game, his ball control and dribbling, his precise passing, and his powerful and accurate shooting. Totti is also an accurate penalty kick and set-piece taker.[50] 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.[51] His most famous lobbed goal, was probably the legendary one he scored against Inter, where he dribbled past Materazzi before chipping the ball over a hapless Julio Cesar. That particular goal was voted as the best goal in Serie A in the 2005-06 season. Another glorious goal using this technique, was his goal 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 Euro 2000 semifinal shootout penalty against the Netherlands.[52]

Goal celebrations[edit]

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 Marco Delvecchio 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.[53][54]

Personal life[edit]

Ilary Blasi, wife of Totti, in 2009

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,[55][56] and the FIFA/SOS Children's Villages in January 2006. As a fundraiser for a children's charity, he published two bestselling, 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).[57]

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.

Totti launched his official website http://www.francescototti.com/ in November 2009, where his professional stats, blog, merchandise, and related articles can be found.

Television, cinema and publicity[edit]

Mural that depicts the face of Francesco Totti

In 2002, Gianni Agnelli, Fiat principal executive, who is a lifelong fan and the ex-president of Juventus, chosed Totti to publicize the launch of the new Stilo instead of a Juventus player.[58] In 2004 he was testimonial Nike and he is featured on the cover of Pro Evolution Soccer 4 along with Thierry Henry and Italian referee Pierluigi Collina.[59] Between 2005 and 2008 his sponsors changed in Diadora and he became testimonial of Pepsi Twist, with a video filmed in the camps of Trigoria by director Gabriele Muccino. As of May 2006, he was the testimonial for a series of advertising spots of the telephone company Vodafone. On December 2006 he participated with his wife Ilary Blasi, at the Italian dubbing of an episode of the television series The Simpsons entitled Marge and Homer Turn a Couple Play, in which he lent his voice to Buck Mitchell.[60] In 2007 he appeared in the movie L'allenatore nel Pallone 2 in the role of 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 came out at newsstands in the Lazio region a collection of figurines dedicated to him entitled "Francesco Totti, the captain".[61] In February 2010, Totti was named ambassador for online poker company Party Poker.[62] 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 from the exit of the famous film. Since December 2013, after almost 10 years, he was again chosen as a testimonial Nike for the duration of two years.[63] In his honor were dedicated others two murals, sponsored by nike, and situated to Rome.[64][65]

Career statistics[edit]

Correct as of 18 May 2014.

Club career[edit]

Team Season Serie A Coppa Italia European
Competitions1
Other
Tournaments2
Total
Apps Goals Assts Apps Goals Assts Apps Goals Assts Apps Goals Assts Apps Goals Assts
Roma 1992–93 2 0 0 - - - - - - - - - 2 0 0
1993–94 8 0 0 2 0 0 - - - - - - 10 0 0
1994–95 21 4 4 4 3 1 - - - - - - 25 7 5
1995–96 28 2 4 1 0 0 7 2 1 - - - 36 4 5
1996–97 26 5 4 1 0 0 3 0 0 - - - 30 5 4
1997–98 30 13 7 6 1 1 - - - - - - 36 14 8
1998–99 31 12 14 3 1 0 8 3 4 - - - 42 16 18
1999–2000 27 7 10 2 0 0 5 1 0 - - - 34 8 10
2000–01 30 13 3 2 1 1 3 2 0 - - - 35 16 4
2001–02 24 8 4 - - - 11 3 1 1 1 1 36 12 6
2002–03 24 14 4 5 3 3 6 3 2 - - - 35 20 9
2003–04 31 20 7 - - - 1 0 2 - - - 32 20 9
2004–05 29 12 9 7 3 2 4 1 1 - - - 40 16 12
2005–06 24 15 9 2 0 1 3 2 2 - - - 29 17 10
2006–07 35 26 9 5 2 3 9 4 2 1 0 1 50 32 15
2007–08 25 14 5 3 3 0 6 1 1 1 0 0 35 18 6
2008–09 24 13 4 - - - 7 2 1 1 0 0 32 15 5
2009–10 23 14 6 2 0 0 6 11 2 - - - 31 25 8
2010–11 32 15 10 - - - 7 2 1 1 0 1 40 17 12
2011–12 27 8 7 2 0 2 2 0 1 - - - 31 8 10
2012–13 34 12 12 3 0 0 - - - - - - 37 12 12
2013–14 26 8 10 3 0 1 - - - - - - 29 8 11
Career total 561 235 142 53 17 15 88 37 21 5 1 3 707 290 181

1European competitions include the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League
2Other tournaments include the Supercoppa Italiana

Competition statistics[edit]

International career[edit]

National Team Year International
Competitions
Friendlies Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Italy 1998 1 0 2 0 3 0
1999 3 0 3 0 6 0
2000 8 3 4 1 12 4
2001 4 1 2 0 6 1
2002 4 0 2 0 6 0
2003 3 1 2 0 5 1
2004 3 2 3 0 6 2
2005 4 0 1 0 5 0
2006 7 1 2 0 9 1
Total 37 8 21 1 58 9

International goals[edit]

Honours[edit]

Giorgio Napolitano (right) awards Totti with the 2007–08 Coppa Italia.
Totti's footprint on The Champions Promenade in Monaco.

Club[edit]

Winners
Runner-up

International[edit]

Winners
Runner-up

Individual[edit]

Ballon d'Or
FIFA World Player of the Year
World Soccer Award
  • 2000 – 7th
  • 2001 – 4th
  • 2007 – 7th

Records[edit]

  • Serie A Active Leading Goalscorer: 235 goals
  • Roma All-Time Leading Goalscorer: 290 goals
  • Roma All-Time Leading Goalscorer in Serie A: 235 goals
  • Roma All-Time Leading Goalscorer in UEFA Champions League: 16 goals
  • Roma All-Time Leading Goalscorer in UEFA Europa League: 21 goals
  • Roma All-Time Leading Goalscorer in UEFA Competitions: 37 goals
  • Roma All-Time Appearance Maker: 707 games
  • Roma All-Time Appearance Maker in Serie A: 561 games
  • Roma All-Time Appearance Maker in UEFA Champions League: 50 games
  • Roma All-Time Appearance Maker in UEFA Europa League: 38 games
  • Roma All-Time Appearance Maker in UEFA competitions: 88 games

Orders[edit]

Cavaliere OMRI BAR.svg
5th Class / Knight: Cavaliere Ordine al Merito della Repubblica Italiana: 2000[67]
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Collar of Merit Sports: Collare d'Oro al Merito Sportivo: 2006[68]
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4th Class / Official: Ufficiale Ordine al Merito della Repubblica Italiana: 2006[2]

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Abel Balbo
A.S. Roma captain
1998–
Succeeded by
Incumbent