Juan Jesus has spilled the beans on the bizarre way his former teammate Francesco Totti intended to mark his final appearance for Roma.
The former Inter midfielder, who endured a difficult first season at the Stadio Olimpico, says that the Roma and Italy icon was planning on sending a penalty kick soaring into the crowd in the event of the team being awarded one in their final match of the season.
As it happened, however, the match did not offer Totti the opportunity for what would surely have been a sendoff to rival that of Zinedine Zidane's spectacular headbutt of Marco Materrazzi in the 2006 world cup final.
"One day he would say, 'I'm quitting,' and the next he would be, 'I'm going to keep playing’," Jesus told Radio Atlantida of his captain's behaviour in the weeks leading up to his final match.
"Before Roma-Genoa, we all got together in the dressing room and he said, 'If I get a penalty, I won't score it, I'll kick the ball into the Curva’.
"There wasn't a penalty so instead he sent an autographed ball into the Curva after the game.
“Totti is a fantastic person and he deserves far more than just that party. He's somebody who helps those in need a lot, without anybody needing to know about it.
"We're honoured to have played alongside him in this, his final season with Roma. He could have won a lot at other clubs because there are technically few around in the world like him."