Thursday November 13 2014
Totti praises fellow veterans

Francesco Totti praises his fellow veterans, including Alex Del Piero, as well as talking about his Gigi Riva inspiration.

Totti has played over 500 Serie A games for Roma, and lies second in the all-time Serie A goalscoring charts.

In a lengthy post with the Corriere dello Sport the Giallorossi captain discussed his fellow Serie A veterans.

“It’s good to see people my age doing well in this League,” Totti reflected.

“There’s our goalkeeper Morgan De Sanctis. Then there are [Luca] Toni and [Antonio] Di Natale, who haven’t lost their goalscoring touch.

“Luca was my partner at Roma, and I played with Toto for Italy, when I was at the end of my Azzurri adventure and he was at the beginning of his.

“I know about their great qualities, and they’re also good people. It’s a pleasure to see them still playing a leading role.

“Only with great enthusiasm can you play at a certain level for many years.”

Totti also reflected on the recent birthdays of two fellow calcio legends Alessandro Del Piero and Gigi Riva.

“In the past few days it was Alex Del Piero’s birthday, and also Gigi Riva’s, two big symbols of world football who I’m bound to.

“Riva for me was a major focal point in the national team. An extraordinary player, a champion, and a player who never left his club.

“His advice for me over the years has been invaluable, I’ve always felt his presence by my side.

“I’ll never forget the support he gave me, there should be more leaders like him with such good intentions.

“Gigi was a symbol of Cagliari, he represented Sardinia with a deep, enviable pride which made people proud of the island.

“Alex Del Piero is a champion without a doubt. He was and still is a symbol of Juventus around the world. A true captain who Juventus should be proud of.

“But he’s also a great man, I got to enjoy playing with him in the national team.”

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