Totti hangs up his boots

AS Roma captain Francesco Totti plays final match in Rome on 28 May.

Rome football legend Francesco Totti plays for the last time with AS Roma in a match against Genoa on 28 May in the capital's Stadio Olimpico.

The 40-year-old Totti has scored 307 goals and made 785 appearances for the club in the 25 years since he joined in 1992.

As his glittering playing career with AS Roma comes to an end, he is expected to remain involved in football but his future plans remain under wraps. He has not confirmed reports by AS Roma sporting director Ramón Rodríguez Verdejo, known as "Monchi", that he would become a director at the club. Other reports suggest that Totti might continue his career in America.

The football star posted in English on his Facebook page on 25 May: "I can’t tell you in a few words how much these colors meant, mean and will always mean to me.""From Monday I’m ready to go again. I’m ready for a new challenge."

Totti has won one Serie A "Scudetto" title and two Coppa Italia victories at AS Roma, in addition to helping Italy win the World Cup in 2006. In November 2014 Totti became the oldest goalscorer in UEFA Champions League history, aged 38 years and 59 days.

Known in the capital as Er Bimbo de Oro, Totti enjoys godlike status among the club's fans and has had several murals painted in his honour, including at his old school in the city’s Porta Metronia district. His face has even appeared on bus tickets in Rome.

Married to television presenter Ilaria Blasi, Totti has three children: Cristian, Chanel and Isabel.

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