There wasn't a dry eye in the Olympic Stadium as Roma bid farewell to Francesco Totti after 28 years with the club. The 40-year-old called time on his Roma career after playing his final match on 28 May.
It was the perfect send-off for the forward as he came on in the 54th minute to a standing ovation. Roma scored a last-minute winner to beat Genoa 3-2 and secure a Champions League group stage spot in what was Totti's 786th appearance. The emotional moment is one of the nominees for the Laureus Best Sporting Moment Awards.
With his three children and his teammates by his side, many sobbing uncontrollably, they waited then for a man who'd given his life and considerable talent to his boyhood team to say his final goodbye.
Fans openly wept as they waited to hear from their captain. “You welcomed me as a child and now I leave as a man,” Totti said. Affectionately known by the Roma fans as "Er pupone" (the big baby), he is finally ready to hang up his iconic No 10 shirt for good.
Totti has taken part in 25 Serie A seasons, scored 307 goals and played under three Popes, 17 managers and four Italian Presidents.
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Laureus have previously awarded those at the top of the sporting pinnacle for the past 17 years, Laureus Awards teams and individuals in a total of nine categories, with some of the other categories being Laureus World Sportsman of the Year, Laureus World Sportswoman of the Year, Laureus World Team of the Year, Laureus World Breakthrough of the Year among others.
Some of the previous winners of Laureus Awards include Usain Bolt, Michael Phelps and Roger Federer, apart from teams like Leicester City and the Brazilian football team.
Published Date: Aug 01, 2017 06:00 pm | Updated Date: Aug 18, 2017 02:11 pm