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Last week, Roma's sporting director Monchi shared the heart breaking news that Francesco Totti was to retire at the end of the season in order to take up a director's position at the club.
While there has been no actual confirmation from Totti himself on the news that his 24-year career is drawing to a climax, it is still widely expected that Monchi's words are accurate and that Il Capitano will indeed hang up his boots following the Giallorossi's Serie A clash with Genoa at the Stadio Olimpico on 28th May.
Yet, unless your chest is a hollow, heartless chasm, no one really wants to see Totti call it a day until he's at least 60. The World Cup winner should continue on, strutting onto the pitch for five minutes from the bench every week to knock a free kick in or slip a through ball onto the toes of a striker 30 years his junior.
He's surely got another two seasons left in him, at least? Image: PA
One person in particular who can't stand the thought of Totti no longer being around to torment Serie A defences is Pescara-based politician Antonio Razzi, who has urged the 40-year-old Roma skipper to shelve his current plans to help the Abruzzo club return to the Italian top flight, following their relegation to Serie B, this season.
Despite being a Juventus fan, Razzi believes Totti still has another two season left in the tank, as he told Radio Cusano in a recent interview.
"Totti should never retire. I am a Juventus fan, but Totti is Totti, he is the flag-bearer of Rome, he is known throughout the world.
"It would be nice for him to continue playing at Pescara, with [his former Coach Zdenek] Zeman on the bench. He could very well be a Coach on the field, Totti on the pitch, Zeman on the bench, Abruzzo would become the talk of Italian football!
"Maybe Totti has thought about coming to play in Pescara, I could try to convince them to call him. At Rome they would give him a management job, but he's so slim, so sporty, he could play for another 2 years.
"I urge the Pescara council, we have to try to bring him Abruzzo. And his salary would not be a problem, because it would pay for itself with advertising. Totti would become a star for the city of Pescara. Launch the idea."
Pls don't go, m8. Image: AS Roma
There may be a lot to dislike about politics the world over at the minute, but a politician campaigning for the extension of Francesco Totti's career is surely a policy we can all get behind.
(H/T Football Italia)
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