Roma and Francesco Totti have parted ways after a 30-year association, with the former player deciding to leave his role as club director.
Francesco Totti has left his post as a director at Roma, ending a 30-year stay at the club.
Totti joined the Roma board after retiring as a player in 2017, but reported differences between the former attacker and the club’s board are said to have resulted in him leaving.
Tensions are said to have become particularly strained between Totti and club owner Jim Pallotta since March, when Monchi quit as sporting director and coach Eusebio Di Francesco was sacked.
Speculation went into overdrive after Totti failed to appear at Roma’s club meeting in London last week, where new coach Paulo Fonseca was presented, with Pallotta insisting the Azzurri icon was invited.
Pallotta was unsure why Totti decided against attending but insisted he would be given “time”, and now the two parties have separated.
He recently claimed Totti was offered the role of technical director. However, in a news conference Totti said: “I never had the chance to express myself. I was never involved in a genuine technical project.
“In the first year, that can happen. In the second, I realised what I wanted to do and we never got together, never helped each other.
“They knew my intentions and what I wanted, to give so much to this club and team, but they never wanted me to, in all honesty. They excluded me from every decision.
“I will now take other paths. At the moment another club owner wants to trust in me, I’ll always be ready.
“I am not here to point the blame towards one or the other. We had started a journey, it was not respected, so I am moving on.
47098 – Francesco Totti has played 47098 minutes in his career in Serie A, the equivalent of 32 days and 17 hours. Eternal. pic.twitter.com/xFv00MDZgR
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“The main focus of certain people has been to remove Romans from Roma. Over the last eight years, since the Americans came in, they tried in every possible way to shove us to one side.
“As the years went on, they tried everything they could… It’s what they wanted and in the end, they succeeded.
“What I can say is that I will never hurt Roma. This is far worse than retiring as a player. Leaving Roma is like dying. I feel like it’d be better if I died.”
Totti spent the entirety of his professional career at Roma, making 786 appearances in all competitions, scoring 307 goals and winning one Serie A title in 2000-01.
He is both Roma’s all-time leading appearance maker and scorer, with most regarding him as the greatest player in the club’s history