Francesco Totti may have just celebrated his 40th birthday on Tuesday but the Roma captain is still capable of making the difference at the top level.
Although he is playing a lesser role as he approaches the end of his career, Totti already had two goals and two assists to his name in his first five appearances of the season.
But the Italian legend turned it up a notch last night as Roma ran out 4-0 winners over Astra in the Europa League, providing two perfect assists for his teammates and playing a big role in another.
Totti got the party started in the 15th minute when he took on set piece duties and whipped a free kick into the Astra penalty area that was begging to be put into the back of the net.
Dutch midfielder Kevin Strootman obliged...
The veteran almost added his own name to the scoresheet just before half time, too, when he unleashed a powerful shot on goal. The 'keeper was just about able to keep the ball out, but couldn't prevent Federico Fazio from applying the simple finish from the rebound.
It was, though, Totti's assist for Roma's fourth and final goal that summed up just why he is seen as a hero by Roma fans.
Stood still with the ball at his feet some 40 yards out, the 40-year-old saw a pass that few others would even have considered - perfectly weighting a lofted pass over the Astra defence and into the path of Mohamed Salah who didn't even have to break stride to put it into the back of the net.
With Totti planning on retiring at the end of the 2016/17 season, football purists don't have too long left to see the Italian in action before he calls time on his one-club career.
With assists like those served up last night - as well as the composure shown in dispatching a penalty past Joe Hart in Serie A action last weekend - Roma fans will be crossing their fingers that their hero has a change of heart and opts to carry on for just one more year.
If this is to be his final campaign, however, Totti has certainly begun his swansong in style.
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