Francesco Totti is an Italian legend who has played for the Italian giants AS Roma all his life. Totti is essentially a midfielder who is more pronounced when playing in the hole just behind the strikers. He won the 2006 Germany World Cup with the Italian national team. He is also the top goalscorer and most capped player for Roma.
Francesco Totti was born and bred in Rome’s Porta Metronia neighborhood and is a Romanista. Totti made his first senior appearance for Roma when he was just 16 years of age on March 1993 against Brescia away from home. By 1995 Totti had become a regular for Roma and was made the club captain in 1997, a post that he has retained ever since.
Francesco Totti has always been tagged as the Golden Boy of Italy and in Euro 2000 he did prove his potential. He had earned his first international cap for Italy two years back in 1998 against Switzerland in a Euro 2000 qualifier and was one of the best players in the competition.
He stretched his rich vein of form from the international arena to the club stage too when he won the Scudetto (Italian Serie A title) in 2001 with AS Roma. He was also named the Italian footballer of the year both in 2000 and 2001.
Totti did have a disappointing World Cup 2002 and a more disastrous Euro 2004 campaign when he spat at Denmark midfielder Christian Poulsen during a match. He played his part though in the 2006 edition of the World Cup in Germany which Italy won of course.
Francesco Totti of course has been ever so consistent for his club Roma whom he loves ever so keenly. He is considered a legend by the Roma tifosi and is respected throughout the football community for his dedication and loyalty towards Roma.
- FIFA 100
- World Cup 2006 All-Star Team
- Euro 2000 Team of Tournament
- Italian Footballer of the Year 2000, 2001, 2003, 2004
- Serie A Young Player of the Year 1999
- Serie A top scorer 2006/07
- European Golden Boot 2007
Since his debut in 1992 Totti has scored 186 goals in 470 appearances.