Roma legend Francesco Totti is finally set to hang up his boots at the end of the season and bring a glorious 24-year playing career to an end, at which point he will move upstairs to start his new role as a director with the Giallorossi.

The long expected news was confirmed by esteemed new Roma sporting director Monchi as he greeted the press for the first time since making the switch from Sevilla.


"In terms of Totti, I already knew that there was an agreement with the club that this would be his final year as a player, then he’d start as a director," the Spaniard is quoted as saying by Football Italia.

"Francesco is Roma, I want to be as close to him as possible. I'd love to learn even one per cent of the huge amount that he knows."

Now 40 years of age, Totti made his Roma debut at the tender age of 16 in 1993 and has played more games than anyone else in the club's history. He's appeared close to 800 times, while his haul of 307 goals is also a club record no other Roma player has ever come close to.

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Totti finished 5th in the 2001 Ballon d'Or standings, the same year he won his sole Serie A title with Roma, was later a World Cup winner with Italy and took home the 2006/07 European Golden Shoe after finishing the season as Europe's top scorer with 26 league goals.

At his advanced age, Totti has only started once in Serie A so far this season.

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