Francesco Totti turns 40 today and the world of football is paying tribute to the AS Roma legend.
The attacking midfielder, who has spent his entire professional career with the Giallorossi, joins an elite group of top-level footballers whose careers have continued into their 40s.
Among all the tributes paid to Totti, one which is sure to mean a lot to the Italian comes from Fernando Torres.
The Atletico Madrid striker, who has won every major trophy available during his illustrious career, has posted a touching tribute to the midfielder on Instagram.
In the post, Torres admits that Totti has been an inspiration for him throughout his career while he also urged youngsters to look up to the former Italy international as a role model.
Torres pays tribute to Totti
Torres posted: “#francescototti turns 40 today
He has always been a great inspiration for me.
Hopefully when young players wants imitate someone choose him as an example.
I am sure ACRoma know they are very lucky to have him.
Best of luck capitano
This is likely to be Totti's final season
There’s a chance this could be Totti’s final season in football, although he’s already proved during the early weeks of the current campaign that he still has plenty to offer.
Totti has scored two goals this season - both from the penalty spot - and has produced a couple of spectacular assists.
On signing a new one-year contract with Roma in the summer, Totti was quoted as saying by the Guardian: “I really wanted this contract, it represents the realisation of my dream.
“I always wanted to end my career having only worn one shirt – the Roma one.”
The Serie A club’s president, James 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.
“No one has played more games or scored more goals for this football club than Francesco Totti and we’re delighted that he will continue for one more season. 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.”
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