Why Francesco Totti Wanted To Miss A Penalty In His Final Game Is Bizarre, But Brilliant
Francesco Totti will never play for AS Roma again. 786 games, 225 goals and a captains armband later, the coolest bloke in football broke the hearts of millions when he was given a heroes welcome in the 54th minute against Genoa.
36 agonising minutes later, half of the Stadio della Roma was in tears as Totti waved goodbye to his incredible 26 year stay at I Giallorossi.
It may have been a thrilling 3-2 victory for Roma, but the game was overshadowed by the great one's departure. Totti gracefully took his final bow after the game, but things could have been very different during it.
Roma teammate Juan Jesus has revealed something quite extraordinary.
Brazilian defender Jesus has claimed that the Italian planned to miss a penalty during the game against Genoa. Why? Because he wanted to send the ball into the crowd as a gesture to thank Roma fans for their support during his time at the club.
Class act. 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 ,"
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If you think about it, Totti would have only missed the penalty if the game was done and dusted.
The win against Genoa was vital in the club's quest for Champions League qualification, so would he have put that into jeopardy by missing a penalty?
That being said, what a gesture it would have been.
If you needed proof that Totti is a class act, then this is it.
Come back, Francesco.
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