Francesco Totti was one of the most iconic number 10s to grace Serie A. He was a one club man for AS Roma and capable of moments of magic with either foot. He was loved by fans, fellow players and managers.
Here are 12 of the best quotes about Italy and Roma legend Francesco Totti.
Sir Alex Ferguson
Totti is the symbol of Roma, he’d never want to leave the club just like Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes at Manchester United.
He is a great player and he will keep on showing that. He represents Italian soccer and the Italian fans will have fun with him.
I am proud to play in a team with a player like him who is the symbol of Roma and that means a lot to the fans of this club. The modern game has changed a lot, but I think it is critical to a club with a player who is much like Totti at Roma or Maldini at Milan. Money is important in football, but there are other things more important value for an entity.
John Arne Riise
I have played with many great footballers in my career and two of them are Gerrard and Totti. Both a great players, loyal and pleasant.
Totti is a ‘galactico’, He is one of the best players in the world.
I have a lot of respect for Francesco Totti. When you talk about Roma, you think about Francesco Totti, and when you talk about Francesco Totti, you think about Roma. I’ve had to battle so many times against him. I have maximum respect for him.
Totti has written the history of Italian football, with the present and the future. He is a player who can not be doubted.
Alessandro Del Piero
Above all on the eve of a match like this one, when on the other side, wearing a captain band on his arm, there’s a player like Francesco Totti. If we put together our goals scored, it’s over 500. If we sum up the years of career, wearing the same shirt – it comes up to 35. We won the World Cup together and those memories unite us forever.
Totti is Totti, he is the greatest Italian player and our captain. We will keep him tight. He comes before everything.
Totti is a top, top class player. He is typical of the Roman game and I’m sure he will never move outside of Roma. He used to play in behind the strikers and then one day they had no central striker so they played him up front and won game after game. He suddenly became the topscorer in Italy as a central striker. That means this guy has absolutely everything.
Totti can use both feet and can hit the ball in several ways. Such champions can shoot ten times per match and eight of them are aimed on target, while five are very dangerous and can turn into a goal. Totti’s shooting qualities are unique and they will stay intact for life.
Totti is the best player in the world. He has just been a little unlucky in the past.