Francesco Totti turns 40 in two weeks’ time, but the AS Roma legend has clearly still got it.
The veteran midfielder came off the bench at half-time, with Roma trailing 2-1 to Sampdoria at the Stadio Olimpico, and turned the game on its head.
First, in the 61st minute, he produced an exquisite assist for Edin Dzeko. Totti then completed the turnaround with a last-gasp penalty in the third minute of stoppage time. (Scroll down this page to watch both videos).
Totti’s assist for Dzeko has to be an early contender for assist of the season.
Out on the left flank, the Italian put the ball on sixpence for his teammate with a first-time sweep of that famous right foot. It was an extraordinary pass.
Video: Totti’s assist for Dzeko
Totti: I felt afraid taking the penalty
The Serie A icon then held his nerve in the closing seconds of the match to convert from 12 yards past Samp goalkeeper Emiliano Viviano.
"That was the first time I've ever felt afraid of taking a penalty,” Totti told Sky Sports, referencing the popular Curva Sud end at Roma's stadium, per BBC Sport. “You just can't afford to miss under the Curva.”
But the penalty was never in doubt.
Totti has now scored in 23 consecutive Serie A seasons for the Giallorossi to further enhance his status as a genuine legend, not only of Roma and Italian football, but football in general.
Here’s how Twitter reacted to Totti’s latest heroics….
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