Adrian Mutu Reveals Incredible Story About Francesco Totti
As the footballing community continues to send tributes to Francesco Totti, Adrian Mutu has revealed an incredible story detailing how much of a legend the emperor of Rome is.
After a 25-year stint at Roma, Totti officially played his final game for the club in a thrilling Serie A victory against Genoa.
Totti gets launched into the air by his teammate after playing his final game for AS Roma. Image: PA
While there was no fairy tale ending with a goal, Totti was given an emotional send off by the Stadio Olimpico faithfuls after pouring his heart and soul for the 'I Giallorossi.'
Following the end of his association with the club, Adrian Mutu has paid tribute by recalling a moving story of how Totti personally attempted to sign him while he was at Fiorentina. This is unbelievable.
The message translated via The Sun, reads;
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"One of my idols is retiring. One of the best 'No.10s' in the world, who has influenced my childhood not only with his class, or with his style, but with his incredible goals.
"Francesco, it has been an honour playing against you. Watching - admiring - your skills."
"As a player, no one has anything negative to say and I'm sure it's the same as man."
"In fact, I will tell you a story which will always stay with me."
"Do you remember the summer when I was close to joining Roma?"
"One day, Francesco called me and said: 'Adri, I will take a pay cut of €1m (£870,000) a-year and give it to Fiorentina so we can form an attacking partnership together. Do you want to come?'"
"To be completely honest, I couldn't say no in that moment, how could I when Totti is saying something like that to me?"
Mutu ultimately declined the offer as a result of then manager Cesare Prandelli claiming he would hand in his resignation if he was sold. But the Romanian remains thankful and grateful to the man he's dubbed as the 'Greatest Gladiator.'
What a guy.
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