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PICTURES: Francesco Totti’s Roma farewell was the perfect way to see off an idol

The Roma legend's last game of his 25-year career was a tearful affair

We should warn you, before you start reading this, that you should probably have a box of tissues by your side because the tears are going to be flowing.

Francesco Totti brought the curtain down on his 25-year Roma career yesterday and there wasn’t a dry eye in sight.

We’re not crying, we’ve just got something in our eyes

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We’re not crying, we’ve just got something in our eyes

The day had everything a classic piece of Italian opera should have.

It started out with a villain- Luciano Spalletti. His side to play Genoa didn’t include Totti, with the 40-year-old left on the bench.

Boooooooo.

Raise your left hand if you’re not the biggest fan of Luciano Spalletti

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Raise your left hand if you’re not the biggest fan of Luciano Spalletti

But, in the 54th minute, Spalletti gave the audience what they wanted.

The big man entered the pitch for Mohamed Salah with the scores tied at 1-1.

Cue the first bout of tears.

Breathe it in son

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Breathe it in son

The remaining 36 minutes were pure Roman theatre.

Roma’s second son, Daniele De Rossi, put the Giallorossi ahead only for the second pantomime villain of the piece, Darko Lazovic, to equalise with 11 minutes to play.

If football went to script you know what would, and should, have happened next.

Luckily the I and the O didn’t get confused

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Luckily the I and the O didn’t get confused

Totti picks the ball up on the halfway line, jogs past one, two, three and then, spotting the goalkeeper off his line, drifts the ball over his head with a perfect chip.

As it was it was left to fellow sub Diego Perotti to provide the 90th minute winner.

Then it was time for speeches and tears.

Someone get the man a tissue

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Someone get the man a tissue

Even most of his team-mates have gone

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Even most of his team-mates have gone

Totti was presented with a framed shirt in front of 60,000 adoring fans, all holding up his iconic no.10.

De Rossi handed him a silver platter, as Totti has done to countless strikers down the years, before the crowning moment of the night.

Totti passed the captain’s armband on to youth player Mattia Almaviva, who’s the youngest captain at the club and was born in 2006, the year his idol won the World Cup, at which point everyone completely lost it.

Now that is how you send off a legeng. We’re going to have to stop writing now, as we can’t see the computer screen through the tears.

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