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Francesco Totti Resigns From Roma After 30 Years, Says Leaving Is Like "Dying" by ogbiwa: 6:12am On Jun 19, 2019
Francesco Totti says leaving Roma after 30 years is "like dying" after he resigned from his role as a director at the Serie A club.

The World Cup winner, 42, spent his entire professional career at Roma and retired from playing in July 2017.

His relationship with president James Pallotta reportedly deteriorated, but last week the American said he offered Totti the role of technical director.

Roma finished sixth last season and missed out a Champions League place.

"I resign as a Roma executive," said the Italian former forward, speaking at a news conference that lasted well over an hour. "I was hoping that this day never came, instead this ugly and heavy day has arrived.

"I never had the chance to work on the technical area with Roma."

He added: "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 criticised the club's American ownership and the influence of former director and now club consultant Franco Baldini.

"This is a club to be loved and supported," he added. "There shouldn't be pro-Totti, pro-Pallotta or pro-Baldini factions. Just Roma fans.

"As I said, presidents pass, coaches pass, players pass, but the flags do not.

"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."

Totti's exit follows former team-mate Daniele de Rossi, 35, who left the club at the end of last season after 18 years.

"The main focus of certain people has been to remove Romans from Roma," Totti claimed. "In the end, the truth came out, because they achieved what they wanted."

Totti joined Roma's youth academy in 1989, making his senior debut in 1993 as a 16-year-old. He went on to score 307 goals in 785 games, winning Serie A in 2001 and the Coppa Italia twice. He also won 58 caps for Italy.

He said the only way he would return to the club is under new ownership.

"If I was the president of Roma and had two icons like Totti and De Rossi, I'd put them in charge of everything," said Totti, who said he would still like to attend a Roma game next season with De Rossi, but that the pair would "need wigs, or we won't see much of the game".

He added: "Pallotta surrounded himself with the wrong people and he only listens to them. Everyone makes mistakes, but if you make the same mistakes for eight years, you have to ask yourself some questions. Something clearly is going wrong."

https://www.bbc.com/sport/football/48663777

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Re: Francesco Totti Resigns From Roma After 30 Years, Says Leaving Is Like "Dying" by Adeoludt(m): 6:27am On Jun 19, 2019
Nice move
Re: Francesco Totti Resigns From Roma After 30 Years, Says Leaving Is Like "Dying" by Abfinest007(m): 7:08am On Jun 19, 2019
am getting confused I type anything I hear

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Re: Francesco Totti Resigns From Roma After 30 Years, Says Leaving Is Like "Dying" by goodyvin02(m): 10:33am On Jun 19, 2019
good servant

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Re: Francesco Totti Resigns From Roma After 30 Years, Says Leaving Is Like "Dying" by nauto: 10:33am On Jun 19, 2019
Good Bye
Re: Francesco Totti Resigns From Roma After 30 Years, Says Leaving Is Like "Dying" by chukwuibuipob: 10:34am On Jun 19, 2019
cool legend

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Re: Francesco Totti Resigns From Roma After 30 Years, Says Leaving Is Like "Dying" by Felixalex(m): 10:34am On Jun 19, 2019
So he is committing suicide be dat

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Re: Francesco Totti Resigns From Roma After 30 Years, Says Leaving Is Like "Dying" by bamasite2: 10:34am On Jun 19, 2019
Eyaaa....nice decision.....

He knows what is best for himself.

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Re: Francesco Totti Resigns From Roma After 30 Years, Says Leaving Is Like "Dying" by hisexcellency34: 10:35am On Jun 19, 2019
Die nah
Re: Francesco Totti Resigns From Roma After 30 Years, Says Leaving Is Like "Dying" by Lamasta(m): 10:35am On Jun 19, 2019
One of the great players who respect the club badge till retirement. True Italian and Roma legend

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Re: Francesco Totti Resigns From Roma After 30 Years, Says Leaving Is Like "Dying" by Flier: 10:36am On Jun 19, 2019
hisexcellency34:
Die nah
Fear of “Change” didn’t allow him to change club
I wonder why some people can never be bored performing the same task everyday

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Re: Francesco Totti Resigns From Roma After 30 Years, Says Leaving Is Like "Dying" by allanphash7(m): 10:36am On Jun 19, 2019
Senior man





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Wishing you the best in all your future endeavors





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Re: Francesco Totti Resigns From Roma After 30 Years, Says Leaving Is Like "Dying" by dam2000: 10:36am On Jun 19, 2019
Better job us coming 4 u soon
Re: Francesco Totti Resigns From Roma After 30 Years, Says Leaving Is Like "Dying" by coolnews: 10:37am On Jun 19, 2019
Rename your name to Roma
Re: Francesco Totti Resigns From Roma After 30 Years, Says Leaving Is Like "Dying" by mosho2good: 10:39am On Jun 19, 2019
Make we laff small:

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The Lecturer said, "let's begin by reviewing some Nigerian history" and she asked who said, "I shall return to die in the land of my fathers?" She saw a sea of blank faces, except for Mensah, who had his hand up. Mensah replied: "King Jaja of Opobo, 1875".

"Very good!" said lecturer.

Then she asked again, who said, "The land use act will feed the nation?" Again, no response except from Mensah who said: "Obasanjo, 1976."

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The Lecturer heard a loud whisper: "Ghana must go" "who said that?" she demanded, Mensah put his hand up, "Buhari 1984."

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Class Captain shouted: "We are locking you up". Mensah gently replied.... "Buhari to LOOTERS 2015".

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Re: Francesco Totti Resigns From Roma After 30 Years, Says Leaving Is Like "Dying" by mokt(m): 10:40am On Jun 19, 2019
Totti

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Re: Francesco Totti Resigns From Roma After 30 Years, Says Leaving Is Like "Dying" by Leonbonapart(m): 10:40am On Jun 19, 2019
Who cares
Re: Francesco Totti Resigns From Roma After 30 Years, Says Leaving Is Like "Dying" by kenzysmith(m): 10:40am On Jun 19, 2019
The best stilshly peanaty taker of his generation weldone fransico . This guy resemble morroco coach renard
Re: Francesco Totti Resigns From Roma After 30 Years, Says Leaving Is Like "Dying" by Ivimilly: 10:41am On Jun 19, 2019
Abfinest007:
am getting confused I type anything I hear
Hear from who?
Re: Francesco Totti Resigns From Roma After 30 Years, Says Leaving Is Like "Dying" by Nobody: 10:43am On Jun 19, 2019
Wow! One of my best PS2 man on master leaque those days.
Re: Francesco Totti Resigns From Roma After 30 Years, Says Leaving Is Like "Dying" by nwakibie3(m): 10:44am On Jun 19, 2019
Abfinest007:
am getting confused I type anything I hear

village people don open your file be that
Re: Francesco Totti Resigns From Roma After 30 Years, Says Leaving Is Like "Dying" by Nobody: 10:47am On Jun 19, 2019
Americans like to dey destroy soccer teams.. they always put money ahead of the fans

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Re: Francesco Totti Resigns From Roma After 30 Years, Says Leaving Is Like "Dying" by babala101(m): 10:48am On Jun 19, 2019
Legend of Legends
Re: Francesco Totti Resigns From Roma After 30 Years, Says Leaving Is Like "Dying" by lexyman(m): 10:49am On Jun 19, 2019
James Pallota has succeeded in driving him out , I think the move is to overhaul the whole technical crew ... they frustrated Totti till he resigned ... if he is good he will get a better job ....

Totti breaths football
Re: Francesco Totti Resigns From Roma After 30 Years, Says Leaving Is Like "Dying" by emyrald91(m): 10:51am On Jun 19, 2019
Totti is Roma, Roma is Totti

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