When it comes to legends of the game, Francesco Totti’s name is pretty high on our list.
The Italian’s career-spanning loyalty to Roma, coupled with his Serie A exploits, makes the 40-year-old one of our all-time favourite players.
But former World Cup winner Christophe Dugarry isn’t quite so impressed.
Speaking to radio station RMC, the Frenchman claimed Totti cannot be placed among the legends of the game because he didn’t achieve enough throughout his career.
He said: “I cannot put Totti among the legends.
“If he was such a strong player, then Roma would not have won just a single title. A legend wins so much more than this.
“Of course we’re talking about a great club player. His is a romantic story, but although he scored so many goals, I can not put him among the very best players.
“He won the World Cup, it is true, but he was not a protagonist, he did not play much.
“He has never made it completely: was it because he didn’t want to leave Rome, or because he never received an interesting proposal?”
We never liked Dugarry much, anyway.
For starters, he’s wrong.
Looking beyond Roma’s excellent Serie A title in 2000–01, Totti is the club’s all-time top goalscorer and the most capped player in their history.
He also holds the record for the youngest club captain in the history of the Italian top-flight, and is the second-highest scorer of all time in Italian league history with 250 goals.
He even holds the record for the most goals scored in Serie A while playing for a single club.
Individually, Totti has won five Serie A Italian Footballer of the Year awards, two Serie A Footballer of the Year awards, two Serie A Goal of the Year awards, one Serie A Goalscorer of the Year award, and one Serie A Young Footballer of the Year award.
*We have to pause for moment to take a breath*
All-in-all, Totti is the fifth-highest scoring Italian in all competitions, with 316 goals.
He played for Roma for 25 years and retired last week at the age of 40, having made his debut in 1993.
If that doesn’t make him a legend, we don’t know what does.
Dugarry also had the insolence to claim Totti was not the protagonist during Italy’s 2006 World Cup success, despite the fact Totti played in all seven of Italy’s World Cup games, including the final.
He even made the 23-man All-star team, despite going into the tournament crocked by injury.
Nope, not a legend at all.