Francesco Totti has admitted that not playing for Real Madrid is the only regret of his career.
The Italian legend, who has spent his entire career at Serie A outfit Roma, came on as a second-half substitute against the Spanish giants during his side's 2-0 defeat at the Bernabeu.
The Real Madrid faithful handed Totti a warm reception and the veteran has admitted that it was an emotional moment for him.
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Speaking after the game, the forward stated, as per ESPN: "The Santiago Bernabeu is an amazing stadium. Real Madrid are my only regret.
"It was very emotional to get such a warm welcome. This is a great memory for me."
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With Totti's future uncertain - he could retire in the summer - he may well have played in his final Champions League game for Roma, but he's insisted that, despite defeat, he is enjoying 'this great moment'.
He continued by saying: "I have missed some things in recent weeks, but I want to enjoy this great moment for now.
"We will see what happens from here on."
Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos, who helped his side to a clean sheet on home soil, has revealed that he swapped shirts with Totti at the end of the game, claiming that he has long admired the legendary striker.
The Spain international stated: "He came over as he wanted a signed jersey of mine. That made me proud. I have admired him since I was small. He gave me his and signed it for me, too."
Totti may well have departed the Bernabeu feeling fairly satisfied with the reception that he received, but he and his teammates could have left with the victory.
With the game level on the night - Roma went into the clash 2-0 down after a first-leg defeat - Luciano Spalletti's side missed a host of glorious chances to get themselves back in the game.
However, they failed to capitalise with Portuguese superstar Cristiano Ronaldo eventually punishing them by putting the game out of sight.
Despite his side's impressive performance, Spalletti hit out at his team for their reaction following the full-time whistle.
"When I go back into the dressing room after tonight's 2-0 and see the players looking satisfied, then it really is hard to take," La Repubblica reported him as saying.
"Being relaxed and satisfied after losing these two games causes me great concern. Who can even begin to imagine what level we've dropped down to if we can be happy about losing two games?
"We need to grow, and we need to grow fast because this is not on. The truth is we have lost 2-0. All the rest is just chatter, and I don't intend to take part in that.
"I was convinced we could fight to get through. Compliment the players if you want, but we have to improve. At the first sign of difficulty, we are unable to be on the level that belongs to this competition."