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"I tried to overcome the crisis in our marriage" - Francesco Totti splits from wife Ilary after 20 years together amid rumors of affair

The Italy and Roma legend met Ilary Blasi in 2002.
The Italy and Roma legend met Ilary Blasi in 2002.
Debkalpa Banerjee

Former Italy and Roma forward Francesco Totti has split up with his wife Ilary Blasi after 20 years of marriage.

Totti, who is considered the best Giallorossi player of all time, met Blasi, a renowned television presenter, in 2002 and got married three years later in June 2005 at the Basilica of Santa Maria in Aracoeli. The wedding was telecast live on Sky Italia, as fans broke into celebrations across the country.

In November 2005, the pair welcomed their first child Christian, who is now a part of the Roma youth academy. Francesco Totti and Blasi have two more children – Chanel, 15 and Isabel, 6.

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The 45-year-old recently released a statement, announcing the separation with his wife. As quoted by Football Italia, he said:

"After 20 years together, my relationship with Ilary has unfortunately ended. All that I said and did over the last few months was to protect our children, who are and always will be the absolute priority in my life. I tried to overcome the crisis in our marriage, but today I realise the choice of a separation is – albeit painful – no longer avoidable."

The 2006 FIFA World Cup winner continued:

"I will continue to be united with Ilary in raising our marvellous three children, always with great respect for my wife. The separation process will remain a private matter and I will not make any more statements. I urge everyone to avoid speculation and, above all, respect the privacy of my family."

In a separate statement, Francesco Totti's wife Ilary said:

"After 20 years together and three splendid children, my marriage to Francesco is over. The separation process will remain a private matter and I will not make any more statements. I urge everyone to avoid speculation and, above all, respect the privacy of my family."

Earlier in February, it was reported that Francesco Totti was having an affair with Noemi Bocchi but the couple have repeatedly denied the allegations. According to Corriere dello Sport, Bocchi is a 34-year-old mother of two who has separated from her husband and met Totti in the autumn of 2021. She has a degree in Economics and is a big Roma fan.

Francesco Totti: Roma's one-club maestro

Francesco Totti made his senior debut for Roma at the age of 16 in 1993 after joining the club's youth academy in 1989. He went on to make 785 appearances for the Serie A outfit, registering 307 goals and 186 assists.

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During his time at his boyhood club, he lifted one Serie A title in 2001, two Coppa Italia trophies in 2007 and 2008 and two Supercoppa Italiana trophies in 2002 and 2008.

Francesco Totti announced his retirement from professional football at the end of the 2016-17 season after guiding Roma to a second-place finish in Serie A.


Edited by Aranya Chaudhury

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