Roma Captain and legendary football player Francesco Totti says his “love for football will never fade” as he prepares for “the last time I can wear Roma’s jersey” on Sunday.
The 40-year-old has finally reached the end 24-year career and become a director at Roma, the only club he has played for.
Totti has achieved 307 goals in 783 appearances since making his Roma debut in March 1993 at the age of 16.
“I can’t tell you in a few words how much these colours meant, mean and will always mean to me,” he tweeted.
“I just feel that my love for football never fades. It’s a passion, my passion. It’s so deep I can’t imagine not fuelling it any longer. Ever.
“From Monday I’m ready to go again. I’m ready for a new challenge. Roma v Genoa, Sunday, 28 May 2017, the last time I can wear Roma’s jersey.”
Totti, a World Cup winner with Italy in 2006, has won one Serie A title and two Coppa Italias at Roma.
The club’s new sporting director Monchi had already revealed Totti was to retire from playing at the end of the season – but the player himself had until now remained silent on the matter.
“There is an agreement with the club that this will be his last year,” Monchi said in early May.
“Then he will continue as a director. I want him on my side because he is Roma and can teach me what Roma is,” the Spaniard added.