Francesco Totti: Roma legend confirms retirement and becomes club director

The legendary Italian striker Francesco Totti has confirmed the end of his career

The legendary Italian striker Francesco Totti has confirmed the end of his career

Francesco Totti has finally confirmed he will not seek to extend his extraordinary playing career and will instead take up an off-the-field role at Roma.

He however failed to disclose his new position at the club.

"The first part [of my life] - being a footballer - is over and now another, equally important one as a director begins, and I hope that I will be able to what I did on the field", Totti said, via the team's official website.

Football was everything to me - my passion, something that touched strings in my heart.

Totti had been given the chance to play on, with Tokyo Verdy in Japan's second tier among the clubs to make offers to the 40-year-old midfielder.

The former Italy worldwide confirmed he had played his last game for Roma in the season finale against Genoa, although he stopped short of calling time on his playing career in an emotional statement to his supporters. I also saw him a lot when he was not the Roma coach. I was always very serious about my playing career. It is hard to explain the emotions I felt that day but my playing career is over as I have a new director career ahead of me.

NEW LIFE - " For me, football is everything.

I never wanted that game, or that day, to finish. "I want to be everything and nothing, I want to be an important figure for Rome and for Roma and truly understand what I'll do".

It's been 25 years and more of a handsome relationship with Roma.

"Now I'll try to make myself available at all 360 degrees, from the youth team to the president". I expect a rosy, lovely future. I have had this time to think about things, to reflect and truly decide that I am ready to continue serving this team, day after day, with calmness and confidence, to learn the role and add something new above all.

He has now released a statement confirming that he is hanging up his boots to accept a new role at the club he first joined as schoolboy in 1989.

Already synonymous with the club, Totti described the job as the "perfect role" for him.

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