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Roma Legend Francesco Totti Marks 25th Anniversary Of Senior Debut

Roma sports director Monchi called club legend Francesco Totti “a superhero” as the former captain marked the 25th anniversary of his Serie A debut on Wednesday.

Totti retired last year at the age of 40 and now has a director’s role with the Italian club, who this season have reached the Champions League quarter-finals for the first time in 10 years and remain in the hunt for a top-four finish in Serie A this season.

Speaking to Fox Sports, Roma sporting director Monchi paid tribute to Totti on the eve of the milestone:

“Francesco has this ability, this reach, this influence and credibility that is so strong, Roma must certainly use that.

“It would be absurd, having a superhero among us, not to use his powers. And Totti is a superhero.”

One-club man Totti made his debut as a 16-year-old in a 2-0 victory away to Brescia on March 28, 1993, and helped Roma win Serie A in 2001.

He was courted by many European giants over the course of his career, most notably by Real Madrid on several occasions, but chose to remain at the Olimpico where he will forever be remembered as a legend of the Giallorossi.

The forward’s 786th and final appearance for Roma was as a substitute in a 3-2 league win over Genoa last July. He is also Roma’s all-time leading goalscorer with 307 goals in all competitions.

Internationally, he earned 58 senior caps for Italy, scoring nine goals, He was a member of the Italian squad that emerged victorious in the World Cup final in Germany 2006, starting up front before coming off after an hour.

© Agence France-Presse (with additional edits from Simon O’Keeffe)

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