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Francesco Totti Subject To Bizarre Offer To Continue Playing Career

Francesco Totti Subject To Bizarre Offer To Continue Playing Career

Francesco Totti has officially played his final game for Roma.

Last month, the 40-year old confirmed that the game against Genoa at the Stadio Olimpico on the final day of the Serie A season would be his last at Roma and as expected it was an emotional affair the Giallorossi faithful.

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In terms of his next career step, Totti appears to have a number of offers on the table.

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He's been linked with a move to the United States, as NASL side Miami FC, managed by his former Italy teammate Alessandor Nesta and co-owned by Paolo Maldini, while Corriere dello Sport say the 40-year old has take up a role as part of Roma's technical staff.

The reports noted the legend has apparently been persuaded to call time on his illustrious retire playing career in favour of contuining as a one-club man and working behind the scenes role with ew manager Eusebio Di Francesco, who Totti played with and won the 2000/01 Scudetto alongside.

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However, another potential suitor has emerged and it's certainly a bizarre one.

Tokyo Verdy, who play in the J-League 2, the second tier of Japanese football, have expressed an interest in bringing Totti to the Far East in a playing capacity.

It's said that Totti would command a salary of 3 million euros, and Verdy's club president Hanyu Hideaki has confirmed his side's interest in 'Il Gladiatore'.

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Speaking to Nikkansports, he said:

"We are interested in Totti and there were contacts at the time, however, no progress."

Totti played his 786th and final appearance for Roma against Genoa and struggled to hold back the tears at the end of the game.

With the game poised at 1-1, following a third minute opener from Pietro Pellegri, the youngest ever goalscorer in Serie A history, and a reply from Edin Dzeko in the first half, Totti entered the fray in the 54th minute.

It wasn't the ultimate fairytale ending we were all hoping for, but Totti did play his part in helping his beloved Giallorossi as they won 3-2 to pip Napoli to second place and the final Champions League group stage place available to those in the top tier of Italian football.

Things could have been very different though, as teammate Juan Jesus has revealed Roma's golden boy wanted to bow out in bizarre, yet fitting fashion.

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During a radio interview in Brazil, Jesus said the following about Totti's final game:

"Before his last game, Totti told us that if he had a penalty he would not score and he would send the ball to the tifosi."

What do you think will be the next chapter for Totti?

Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

(h/t Goal)

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Topics: Football, AS Roma, Japan, Francesco Totti

Josh Lawless

Josh is a writer who specialises in football and wrestling. He has been published by Curzon Ashton FC, Late Tackle, Manchester City FC, The Mirror, Read Man City and Manchester Evening News. He provides coverage of professional wrestling and has interviewed some of the biggest names in the field - including the first UK interview with The Hardy Boyz after their return to WWE. He has never sported a pair of Lonsdale Slip-ons, contrary to reports.

 

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