Francesco Totti: Roma’s longest-serving gladiator

Well, well, well. How time flies. I’m sure that Francesco Totti would be amazed at how far he has come since 1992. That was the year he kicked his first ball for the Roma senior team. He was just 16. He did not exactly storm into international recognition then, but he made a name for himself in Italy. In fact, he made such a name for himself that he was made captain of the Roma team in 1998. He then proceeded to lead the squad to an unprecedented Serie A title in 2000. That alone is enough to make someone a club legend.
Francesco Totti earned that “club legend” tag in more ways than one. He was the youngest player to score for Roma, aged 17. He was the youngest captain of an Italian club at 22. Furthermore, he recently scored his 250th goal for Roma. I don’t know about you guys, but in my opinion, Francesco Totti has done enough to get a statue outside the Roma stadium. After all, some players that spent less time at other clubs have theirs.
I could list a few other guys who have given their all for one club. The thing is, there aren’t a lot of these one-club guys. Also, there are not so many guys that have played till they are 40 years old. Most dudes hang up their boots around 35. Some others do not even make it to the venerable old age of 33 before they decide to go chill somewhere else. Not this Gladiator; he chose to play on for the club he loves. Normally, before they reach this age, injuries tend to slow footballers down. Eventually, they go home. However, Francesco Totti is not showing any signs of slowing down considerably. In fact, he recently scored his 250th goal for Roma. That’s a milestone that few younger men have reached, yet he did it.
Today is Francesco Totti’s 40th birthday. I, along with everyone in AS Roma Football Club, wish him a very happy birthday. Whether he stays on for much longer is up to him; after all, he is 40. He can pretty much play as long as he pleases.

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