There is only one Francesco Totti.
The Emperor of Rome played his last game for Roma at the end of the most recent season having made his debut in the 1992/93 season season.
The legendary No10 played 786 games and scored 307 goals for his beloved club and resisted countless lucrative moves to other clubs over the course of his quarter century’s service.
His final game was predictably emotional.
Totti could not hold back the tears as he said goodbye to the Stadio Olimpico having come on for the last half an hour in a fitting send off for such a uniquely loyal player.
However, Roma’s Brazilian defender Juan Jesus has revealed that Totti had something special planned if Roma were awarded a penalty while he was on the pitch.
Speaking to Brazilian radio, Jesus said: “Before his last game, Totti told us that if he had a penalty he would not score and he would send the ball to the tifosi [fans].
Totti wanted to blaze a spot-kick into the fans to show that they meant more to him than anything else.
What an iconic moment that would have been.
Given that Roma’s Champions League qualification was on the line and they only beat Genoa 3-2 thanks to a 90th minute winner from Diego Perotti, we assume that Totti would not have gone through with his plan unless the result was beyond doubt.
The 40-year-old World Cup winner’s next career step remains unknown.
Rumours are that Serie B outfit Pescara have offered him a trial but he may yet choose to retire.
The thought of Totti in anything other than a Roma or Italy shirt scares us to our core.