Today's Francesco Totti Talking Points
Francesco Totti, Ufficiale OMRI, (Italian pronunciation: [franˈtʃesko ˈtɔtti]; born 27 September 1976) is an Italian professional footballer who plays for and captains Roma. His primary playing positions are those of an attacking midfielder or second striker, although he has also been successfully utilised as a lone striker and as a winger.
Totti has spent his entire career at Roma, winning a Serie A title, two Coppa Italia titles, and two Supercoppa Italiana titles; he is the top goalscorer and the most capped player in the club's history. Totti also holds the record for the youngest club captain in the history of Serie A. Often referred to as Il Bimbo d'Oro (The Golden Boy), Il Re di Roma (The King of Rome), Er Pupone (The Big Baby), and Il Gladiatore (The Gladiator) by the Italian sports media, Totti is the top goalscorer amongst currently active players in Serie A, and the second highest scorer of all-time in Italian league history with 250 goals; he also holds the record for the most goals scored in Serie A while playing for a single club.
A creative offensive playmaker, renowned for his vision, technical ability, and goalscoring, Totti is considered to be one of the greatest Italian players of all time, one of the most talented players of his generation, and also Roma's greatest ever player. He has won a record eleven Oscar del calcio awards from the Italian Footballers' Association, which consists of 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. Totti is the fifth highest scoring Italian in all competitions, with 316 goals.
A 2006 FIFA World Cup winner and UEFA Euro 2000 finalist with Italy, Totti was selected in the All-Star team for both tournaments; he also represented his country at the 2002 World Cup, and at Euro 2004. He has also won several individual awards, notably the 2007 European Golden Shoe and the Golden Foot. In 2004, he was named in the FIFA 100, a list of the world's greatest living players, selected by Pelé, as part of FIFA's centenary celebrations. In 2011, Totti was recognised by IFFHS as the most popular footballer in Europe. In November 2014, Totti extended his record as the oldest goalscorer in UEFA Champions League history, aged 38 years and 59 days.Close