May 28th was an important day for me since it was my last game as a professional player.
"Ultimately he was unable to get his family's blessing", Verdy president Hideaki Hanyu told Japan's Nikkan Sports newspaper, claiming Totti's celebrity wife Ilary Blasi had been a major factor in the collapse of its ambitious pursuit of the 40-year-old World Cup victor. "That for me was an historic day", he said.
It is also worth noting that Totti spent his entire club career as a member of Roma, which began back in 1992, while suiting up for the Italian national team along the way as well.
The 40-year-old played his final game for Roma in May after 24 years with the capital-city side, and made a decision to call it a day despite being linked with possible moves to Japan and the United States.
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He added: "I never wanted that game to end, that day to end".
He stated: "My part as a footballer is over, now I start another important role as a director, hoping to do what I did as a footballer on the green pitch". I will always remember it. More than 25 years of history with Roma was within it. "Now begins a new phase and a new adventure".
"I'll make myself completely available, from the youth sector to the President [James Pallotta]".
"The field of play has given me so much and I tried to give so much to these people, who day after day have shown me so much love". I will think about a new role that will amaze me and bring me plenty of good things.
In all he made 786 appearances, scoring 307 goals including 250 in Serie A - the second-highest total by a single player after Silvio Piola between 1929 and 1954.