Francesco Totti


BornSeptember 27, 1976


Francesco Totti is an Italian footballer who is the captain of Serie A club Roma. He primarily plays as the trequartista, though he has also been successfully utilized as a lone striker. Totti has spent his entire career at Roma, is the number-one goalscorer and the most capped player in the club's history. He is considered as one of the finest players in his generation, and also Roma's greatest player ever. Totti began to play youth team football at the age of 8 and he joined the Roma youth squad in 1989. After three years on the youth team, Totti made his first appearance for Roma's senior side at the age of sixteen, when coach Vujadin Boškov let him play in the 2–0 away victory against Brescia on 28 March 1993. In the following season under Carlo Mazzone, Totti began to play more games and scored his first goal on 4 September 1994 in a 1–1 draw against Foggia. By 1995, Totti had become a regular in Roma's starting line-up and scored 16 goals in the next three seasons. At the age of 21, Totti assumed the team captaincy in 1998 and began to gain recognition as a club symbol. Though Totti was not called up for the 1998 FIFA World Cup, he was named the Serie A Young Footballer of the Year in the 1998–99 season. Totti was named the Italian Footballer of the Year for 2000 and 2001. He won his second consecutive Italian Footballer of the Year award in the 2003–04 season. On 19 th December 2004, he became Roma's all-time leading scorer after netting his 107th career goal against Parma. A 2006 World Cup winner and Euro 2000 finalist, Totti was selected in the All-Star team for both tournaments. He has won many individual awards, including a record five Italian Footballer of the Year awards. He was named in the FIFA 100, a list of the 125 greatest living footballers selected by Pelé as a part of FIFA's centenary celebrations. In 2011, Totti has been recognized by IFFHS as the most popular footballer in Europe. Totti is currently the top active Serie A goalscorer and third all-time in league history with 221 goals. .
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