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Roma confirm Francesco Totti will retire at the end of season after 25 years of service

Sporting director Monchi says one-club man will now become a director in the boardroom

It’s the moment we’ve all been dreading.

Francesco Totti will retire from football at the end of the season.

The legendary Roma captain, who has been at the club for 25 years, will leave when this term ends and become a director.

The legendary Francesco Totti will retire at the end of the season

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The legendary Francesco Totti will retire at the end of the season

The 40-year-old playmaker Totti joined the Italian side as a youngster in 1989 and made the bump up to the senior level three years later.

Since then he has gone on to score 250 league goals for Roma, more than any other Serie A player in history has managed for a single club.

Roma’s sporting director Monchi said: “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.

“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.”

Never has one man been more ingrained in a club’s character

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Never has one man been more ingrained in a club’s character

Totti has won two Coppa Italias, two Supercoppa Italianas and one Serie A title.

But his legend is measured in more than trophies.

His unwavering loyalty, even when he was one of the very best in the world and wanted by the likes of Real Madrid, have made him one of the most respected players in the game’s history.

Roma will never be the same again.