Francesco Totti is an Italian former professional footballer who played solely for Roma and the Italy national team.
59 Facts About Francesco Totti
Francesco Totti is often referred to as Er Bimbo de Oro, L'Ottavo Re di Roma, Er Pupone, and Il Capitano by the Italian sports media.
Francesco Totti spent his entire career at Roma, winning a Serie A title, two Coppa Italia titles, and two Supercoppa Italiana titles.
Francesco Totti is the second-highest scorer of all time in Italian league history with 250 goals, and is the sixth-highest scoring Italian in all competitions with 316 goals.
Totti is the top goalscorer and the most capped player in Roma's history, holds the record for the most goals scored in Serie A while playing for a single club, and holds the record for the youngest club captain in the history of Serie A In November 2014, Totti extended his record as the oldest goalscorer in UEFA Champions League history, aged 38 years and 59 days.
In 2007, Francesco Totti announced his international retirement due to recurring physical problems and in order to focus solely on club play with Roma.
Francesco Totti won a record eleven Oscar del Calcio awards from the Italian Footballers' Association: 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.
Francesco Totti won the 2007 European Golden Shoe and the 2010 Golden Foot.
Francesco Totti was selected in the European Sports Media team of the season three times.
In 2011, Francesco Totti was recognised by IFFHS as the most popular footballer in Europe.
Francesco Totti was born in Rome to parents Lorenzo and Fiorella Francesco Totti.
Francesco Totti began to play youth team football in 1984, with Fortitudo, later joining Trastevere and Lodigiani.
Francesco Totti displayed a greater responsibility for the team, and was presented with the number 10 jersey.
Francesco Totti continued to play an important role in keeping the club at the top of the table throughout the remainder of the season, gaining a comfortable lead over rivals Juventus.
Francesco Totti finished the league season with 13 goals, equalling what was at the time his personal goalscoring record in a single Serie A season.
Francesco Totti was named the Serie A Italian Footballer of the Year for both 2000 and 2001, and won the Serie A Footballer of the Year Award for the first time in his career in 2000.
Francesco Totti received his first Ballon d'Or nomination in 2000, finishing 14th in voting, and fifth the following year.
In 2003, Francesco Totti won his second Serie A Footballer of the Year Award.
Francesco Totti was given off-label treatments of teriparatide to speed-up his fracture recovery.
In Serie A, he scored three goals against Bari on 22 November 2009, seven years on from his last hat-trick in Serie A Eight days later, Totti confirmed he had signed a new five-year playing contract which would see him at the club until 2014, after which he stated he would become a club director for a further five years.
On 20 September 2013, Roma announced that Francesco Totti had signed a new contract, keeping him at the club until 2016, past his 39th birthday.
Eight days later, Francesco Totti celebrated 700 overall appearances with Roma against Torino.
On 30 September 2014, three days after his 38th birthday, Francesco Totti scored Roma's equaliser in a Champions League group stage draw at Manchester City, thus becoming the oldest scorer in the UEFA Champions League history; it was Francesco Totti's 300th professional career goal.
On 11 January 2015, Francesco Totti scored two goals against local rivals Lazio, making him the joint all-time top scorer in the Rome Derby in official club competitions, alongside Dino Da Costa, with 11 goals, as well as the Serie A top scorer in the Rome Derby.
Francesco Totti finished the season as Roma's leading scorer with ten goals in all competitions, the seventh time in which he had been the team's top scorer.
Francesco Totti's double made him the oldest player in Serie A history to score two goals in a single league match, at the age of 39 years, 6 months and 23 days, breaking Silvio Piola's previous record of 39 years, 4 months and 2 days, which he had managed with Novara on 1 February 1953, after scoring a brace against his former team Lazio.
Francesco Totti came off the bench in each of the past five Serie A games and contributed four goals and an assist.
Francesco Totti first came into international prominence while playing in FIFA and UEFA youth tournaments.
Four months later, Francesco Totti played in 1993 FIFA U-17 World Championship in Japan and scored Italy's goal in the tournament as the Azzurrini were eliminated in group stage.
In total, Francesco Totti made 58 appearances for Italy between 1998 and 2006, scoring nine goals and making 24 assists.
Later, during the second half of the match, Francesco Totti provided two scoring opportunities for Alessandro Del Piero, which the Juventus forward was unable to convert.
Francesco Totti was selected for the 22-man Team of the Tournament due to his performances throughout the European Championship.
Francesco Totti was banned until the semi-finals, but never made it back to action and finished the competition scoreless due to Italy's elimination in the first round on direct encounters, following a three-way five point tie with Sweden and Denmark.
Italy manager Marcello Lippi showed enormous faith in Francesco Totti, assuring him during his rehabilitation that his spot in Italy's World Cup squad was secure and to focus on recuperating.
Francesco Totti did recuperate in time and was eventually named to Lippi's final 23-man squad for the 2006 World Cup.
Francesco Totti played the entire time in Germany with metal plates and screws in his ankle that had yet to be removed following the surgery.
Francesco Totti finished the tournament with the joint-highest number of assists, along with Juan Roman Riquelme.
Francesco Totti intended to retire from international football after the 2006 World Cup, but reneged on his decision and remained undecided on his future for over a year, not being called up in the meantime.
In May 2016, several injuries in the Italian squad, as well as a lack of attacking options and Francesco Totti's run of good form as a substitute for Roma, led some in the media to call for manager Antonio Conte to include Francesco Totti as a reserve in Italy's Euro 2016 squad; however, he was later left out of Conte's 30-man preliminary Italy squad for the final tournament.
Francesco Totti is regarded by some as Italy's greatest player ever.
An elegant, world-class, and technically gifted attacking midfielder with a good knowledge of the game, Francesco Totti was a tactically versatile player, capable of playing anywhere along the front line, and was occasionally deployed as a winger or as a central midfielder under Zdenek Zeman, and most notably as a false 9 under Luciano Spalletti and Rudi Garcia.
Francesco Totti scored several goals from chipped shots throughout his career, and often used the technique on penalties, which was known as the cucchiaio technique ; one of the most famous instances in which Francesco Totti performed this type of penalty was in the victorious shootout of Italy's Euro 2000 semi-final match against the Netherlands.
Francesco Totti was known for his exuberant and humorous goal celebrations.
Francesco Totti's current ritual of sucking his thumb after a goal began after his son was born and continued after the birth of his daughter.
Blasi has revealed that Francesco Totti sucks his thumb in dedication to her and not just for their children.
On 17 July 2017, Francesco Totti confirmed his retirement from professional football and announced that he had accepted an offer from his former team Roma to become a club director.
Francesco Totti married Ilary Blasi, a former showgirl and a co-host of Italia 1's Le Iene, on 19 June 2005 at the Basilica of Santa Maria in Aracoeli.
Francesco Totti owns a motorcycle racing team called Francesco Totti Top Sport.
In 2009, Francesco Totti helped launch a new campaign promoting Football Adopting Abandoned Children, which came about in collaboration with the Friends of Children and the Association of Italian Players.
On 27 September 2016, Francesco Totti celebrated his 40th birthday live on his new Facebook page, at the Tor Crescenza castle in Rome.
Francesco Totti recorded a video message for a comatose hospital patient who awoke from her coma when his voice was played; Francesco Totti visited the patient in the hospital in September 2020.
In 2002, Fiat principal executive Gianni Agnelli, a lifelong fan and ex-president of Juventus, chose Francesco Totti to publicize the launch of the new Stilo instead of a Juventus player.
Francesco Totti appeared alongside Ronaldo, Ronaldinho, Luis Figo, Roberto Carlos and Hidetoshi Nakata, with former player Eric Cantona the tournament "referee".
Francesco Totti has featured in EA Sports' FIFA video game series; he starred on the cover of the Italian edition of FIFA 2002.
Francesco Totti featured on the cover of Pro Evolution Soccer 4 along with Thierry Henry and Italian referee Pierluigi Collina.
In 2009, Francesco Totti sent a message of support to Iranian youths during the 2009 Iranian presidential election protests.
In February 2010, Francesco Totti was named an ambassador for online poker company Party Poker.
In May 2010, Francesco Totti appeared alongside actor Russell Crowe in Rome to promote the special edition of the film Gladiator, celebrating the tenth year of the film's release.
In December 2014, two murals of Francesco Totti, sponsored by Nike, were created in Rome.