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Francesco Totti confirms retirement, accepts offer as club director at Roma

Francesco Totti confirms retirement, accepts offer as club director at Roma
From ESPN - July 17, 2017

Francesco Totti has confirmed that his playing days have come to an end by accepting an offer from Roma to become a club director.

The 40-year-old had been mulling a move to Japanese club Tokyo Verdy, but will not focus on a new chapter, still with the club where he has spent much of his life.

"The first part [of my life] -- being a footballer -- is over and now another, equally important one as a director begins, and I hope that I will be able to what I did on the field," Totti told Roma's website.

"Football is my passion; it's everything. It's friendship, scoring goals, knowing new people. It's something which touched every important part of my body."

In May, Totti played his final match for Roma, for whom he debuted as a 16-year-old in 1993, coming on as a substitute at the Stadio Olimpico as the Giallorossi secured aChampions League spot for next season.

And as Totti prepares for his new career in a suit rather than a Romashirt, he admits it is still difficult for him to accept his playing days are now behind him.

"28 May 2017 was an historic, important day for me today," he said. "It was a day which marked me a lot. I will always remember it. It will be hard to explain to people the sensations and emotions I felt that day.

- Francesco Totti (@Totti) July 17, 2017

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