Francesco Totti, one of the last bastions of a bygone age of calcio, is limbering up to play his 786th and final game for Roma today.
The Giallorossi are due to face Genoa in their last fixture of the Serie A season, with Totti set to “play a large portion” of the match before he moves upstairs to take on a directorial role at the only club he’s ever served.
In tribute to a departing icon, Rome-based newspaper Il Tempo changed the name on their masthead for the first time in their 73-year-history, thus reflecting the magnitude with which Totti’s impending retirement is being treated in the Italian capital…
While Totti is unlikely to start at the Stadio Olimpico as Roma still need to win to secure second place in the table.
However, despite his pragmatic tendencies, coach Luciano Spalletti has assured fans that their hero will be given a fitting farewell:
Totti will play the most important part of the game.
The risk is that your mind starts to wander elsewhere to equally exciting, important and thrilling events and you lose sight of your primary target.
First and foremost, we must remember to approach this match in the right way as we’ve always done.
What sort of party would it be without three points?
Quite so *cough cough John Terry cough cough*.