Pablo Daniel Osvaldo publicly thanked Francesco Totti after being allowed to convert a penalty in the 1-1 draw with Bursaspor.
The striker has been subjected to numerous protests, insulting chants and banners during pre-season training, as some fans are trying to push him out of the club.
On the other hand, a different group of tifosi have shown their support for the Italian-Argentine forward.
Roma went close to an opener in the first half when Miralem Pjanic’s volley was charged down by an arm, then Totti opted to roll across for Erik Lamela rather than go for goal himself and was intercepted.
After the break Bursaspor took a surprise lead when Sestak was allowed to nod in an Unal cross from the right.
The Giallorossi were awarded a penalty and Totti graciously asked Osvaldo to take it, hoping to boost his confidence.
Straight after he was substituted and with the game still on-going, Osvaldo took to Twitter with a message for Totti: “Even if this goal doesn’t count, the gesture still means a lot to me! Thank you my friend! Thank you immense captain!”
Roma 1-1 Bursaspor
Scorers: Sestak 54 (B), Osvaldo pen 59 (R)
Roma: Lobont (Skorupski 46); Torosidis (Dodo 46), Burdisso (Castan 62), Castan (Benatia 33), Balzaretti (Crescenzi 62); Pjanic (F Ricci 62), Jedvaj (Marquinho 46), Bradley (Taddei 62); Totti (Caprari 62), Osvaldo (Borriello 62), Lamela (Tallo 62)
Bursaspor: Frey; Sener, Ibrahim, Renato, Taiwo; Samil, Belluschi (Murat 69); Tuncay, Pablo, Ferhat (Unal 46); Sestak