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Totti speaking at a press conference this afternoon.
Totti speaking at a press conference this afternoon.
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'I never thought this moment would come': Totti resigns as Roma director

The former striker said his resignation was driven by his lack of inclusion in important decision-making within the club.
Jun 17th 2019, 3:49 PM 7,745 5

ROMA LEGEND FRANCESCO Totti, who played for the capital club for 24 years before retiring in 2017, announced on Monday that he was resigning as director.

“At 12:41pm on June 17, 2019, I sent an email… which was for me unimaginable: I handed in my resignation,” Totti said.

“I never thought that this moment would come.”

The 42-year-old World Cup winner said his resignation was driven by his lack of inclusion in important decision-making within the club, something he blamed on Roma’s American owner James Pallotta.

“I was a weight for the club, I was told I was too cumbersome, both as a player and a leader,” said an emotional Totti.

“Now I’m leaving and it hurts.”

Totti added that he feels he was “stabbed in the back” by someone at the Roma club.

“Did someone stab me in the back at Trigoria? Yes. I will never name names, but there are people in there who don’t want me there.

“These people are hurting Roma, not doing what is best for the club.”

The former captain, who spent his entire professional career at Roma, added: “There are many things that made me think, they never let me take part. They only called me when they were in difficulty.

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“In two years I’ve taken part in about 10 meetings.”

Totti, capped 58 times by Italy, insisted it was a “goodbye, not a farewell”, without giving further details.

“I can say that it is impossible for Totti to stay outside of Roma,” he said.

“Now I’ll take a different path, but the moment another owner really wants to count on me, I’ll be ready.”

After making his senior Roma debut aged 16 in 1993, Totti went on to score 307 goals in 785 games, winning Serie A in 2001 and the Coppa Italia twice.

His departure follows that of former teammate Daniele de Rossi, the Serie A side deciding not to renew the midfielder’s contract after 18 years at the club.

© – AFP 2019

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