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Francesco Totti produces superb assist for AS Roma v Terek Grozny

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Francesco Totti turns 40 in September but remains capable of the odd moment of magic, as he proved during AS Roma’s 3-2 win over Terek Grozny on Sunday.

The Roma legend, who signed a new one-year contract with the club last month, played a magnificent first-team pass over the Grozny defence for Edin Dzeko to run on to.

The Bosnia and Herzegovina international duly applied the finish. Questions would have been asked had he failed to convert such a glorious opportunity to put his side 2-1 up. (Scroll down this page to watch the video).


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The pass is even more remarkable when you notice Totti wasn’t actually looking when he played the ball.

The Italian ace knew instinctively where his teammate would run.

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Video: Totti's superb assist

Diego Perotti and Riccardo Marchizza scored the other goals for Roma, who recorded an encouraging 3-2 victory - four days after their emphatic 16-0 win over Pinzolo Campiglio.

Totti will remain on the club’s payroll until the end of this season after extending his current deal by a further 12 months.

Totti's final year in professional football?

However, this is expected to be his final year in professional football.

"I really wanted this contract, it represents the realisation of my dream," Totti was quoted as saying by BBC Sport. "I always wanted to end my career having only worn one shirt - the Roma one."

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Club president Jim Pallotta added: "It's quite fitting that on the anniversary of the day AS Roma was founded, Francesco Totti has signed a new playing contract.

"He's earned this contract and now we want Francesco's final season on the pitch to be the start of a new era of success for AS Roma."

Totti to enter coaching?

It’s unclear what Totti will do after retirement, although the man himself told reporters back in 2014 that he was eyeing a career in coaching.

"I will play for three more years and then train, maybe Roma," he told Gazzetta dello Sport, per FourFourTwo. "Maybe I will start with the kids, although perhaps there is no need.

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"After all, someone who has played at my level does not take long to learn."

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