AS Roma are 2-1 down at home to Torino with less than 5 minutes left and Luciano Spalletti makes his final sub. Enter club legend – Francesco Totti…
Since Luciano Spalletti returned to Roma in January for his second spell in charge, it has been widely rumoured that this season would mark the end of Francesco Totti’s 27-year stay in Rome.
The 39-year-old forward has been limited to 9 appearances in Serie A this season which is the the lowest number of games he has played in a season since 1993/94. However, in Roma’s last 3 matches, Totti has been introduced as a substitute and scored 3 goals and got 1 assist.
Il Capitano’s cameos in these games have been vital, as he was involved in all the goals that won the points for his beloved club. Against Atalanta on the weekend, Totti was introduced in the 78th minute at 3-2 down and scored the equaliser in the 86th minute and he managed to better this yesterday against Torino.
Last night, Totti was sent on by Spalletti in the 86th minute as Roma trailed 2-1 at home to Torino. Totti equalised instantly with his first touch and scored the winner with a penalty in the 89th minute.
With his current contract ending in June, there are now some decisions that need to be made by Totti and the club.
Totti has reiterated his dream of being Serie A all-time top scorer in the past and he still needs 26 goals to surpass Silvio Piola’s record of 274 goals. However, with the number of games that Totti has been limited to this season, it looks unlikely that he will win the record, even if he stayed for a few more seasons.
Totti has been in the Roma first team since 1992 and was part of the 2001 Serie A winning team, yet a second Scudetto has always evaded him. Totti has finished as a runner-up 8 times in the league with Roma and the side have been guilty of losing to Juventus in recent years. The perfect send off this season would be to confirm Champions League football for his club, as the title looks certain to return to Juventus for a fifth consecutive season.
Totti has recently been linked with a move away from Roma which would be heartbreaking for football fans worldwide. Premier League leaders, Leicester City, are rumoured to be interested in the veteran and Italian manager Claudio Ranieri could be the man to convince him to join.
Il Capitano has also been linked with a move to the United States to second-tier side New York Cosmos, but with his recent impact substitute appearances, he has shown Rome that he still has top quality, leadership and passion. I think all football fans are hoping that Roma offer Totti a new contract so he can retire as a one-club man.
Whatever decision Francesco Totti makes, he will always be remembered as the King of Rome.
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