Totti's final match ends in celebration as Roma reaches CL


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The 40-year-old forward, who made his debut for the Giallorossi in 1993, announced on Thursday that this would be the final fixture of a Roma career in which he has won one Scudetto and two Coppa Italias with his boyhood club.

A big win for Roma, and fantastic that Totti's last appearance saw a positive result to help the club finish as runners-up to Juventus.

Totti has not hidden his hard relationship with Roma coach Luciano Spalletti, who has used Totti mainly as a last-option substitute.

You want to keep dreaming, you try to slip back into the dream but you never can.

Following the Roma legend's last appearance for the club on Sunday, Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos paid his dues to one of the greats of football's modern era.

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With a friendship of 15 years preceding their courtship and eventual engagement, the two have known each other nearly their whole lives.

A signed ball kicked into the south curve of the stadium preceded a farewell speech in which Totti said that "unfortunately this moment has come, and I hoped it never would".

The reception he received at the Stadio Olimpico, and the farewell from the whole city of Rome and Italian football is one to remember forever. I will no longer entertain you with my feet, but my heart will always be there with you.

"After 16 years, I will go into the dressing-room and he won't be sitting in the same place". Forgive me for not giving interviews and clarifying my thoughts, but it's not easy to turn out the light.

But I still hated this footballer called Totti and weirdly, it was for none of all the above. This time, I can't see what the future looks like through the holes of the net. "I'm ready for a new challenge".

"It is impossible to sum up 28 years in a few sentences", Totti said.

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Neither expects that to be the case, but they are realistic and understand the inevitable is coming sooner rather than later. Fort and Al Unser the only four-time race winners. "It has benefited us in terms of the buzz".

And Roma finally got in front with 16 minutes remaining, with Strootman finding Dzeko, whose impressive cut-back set up De Rossi to fire in left-footed and delight the home crowd.

Yet for Totti, and the thousands of fans who showed up sporting special T-shirts and banners to pay tribute to "Il Re di Roma" (The King of Rome), it was a nervy final game of the season.

But, let's finish on Totti, who is absolutely everything to Roma.

Totti has appeared in 785 matches in all competitions with Roma, third all-time in Italy for most games with a single club behind only Maldini (902 with AC Milan) and Javier Zanetti (858 with Inter Milan).

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