Roma's Eternal Son

“How I'll be remembered is not for me to decide. I’ll leave it up to them. Respect would be enough for me. That’s the most important thing in the career of a footballer.” - Francesco Totti

Captain, Scudetto winner, World Cup winner, bandiera, icon, legend. As Francesco Totti turns 40 this September, he can reflect on a remarkable career full of highlights and stories the envy of many a peer.

In this special collection of features, Football Italia mixes archive material with brand new writing to celebrate all that Totti represents to his club, to his country and to Italian football.

A Roman Icon

Francesco Totti's place in Roman folklore is already assured, as Andrea Tallarita explains his unique relationship with the city of his birth and his club. Read more.

Totti's 40 at 40

To celebrate the No 10 turning 40, Luca Cetta picks out 40 of Totti's most memorable moments from his career at both club and international level.

Part One - Part Two - Part Three - Part Four

Totti by the Numbers

Selected statistics and facts relating to Francesco Totti and his unique career in Italian football. Read more.

The 2001 Scudetto

Mina Rzouki remembers when a star-studded Roma side finally lifted the Scudetto again, led by their talismanic No 10. Read more.

Totti's Italy Lows

Despite his status at club level, Totti's early years with the Italian national team proved frustrating. Adam Digby looks back on some sour notes. Read more.

Recovery to Glory

Totti's struggles with the Azzurri were put to bed as he battled back from injury to play a crucial role in Italy's 2006 World Cup success, recalls Giancarlo Rinaldi. Includes gallery of the talisman's road to recovery and glory. Read more.

Real Rumours

Some notable clubs have tried and failed over the years to tempt Totti away from the Italian captial, none more so than Real Madrid, notes Chloe Beresford. Read more.

The Tactical Chameleon

Whilst he will be known for the shirt number on his back, Totti's career on the pitch hasn't been based in just the one position. Gaby McKay leads an in-depth history of the ever-changing No 10. 1992-2005 - 2005-2017

Coaching Francesco

He hasn't always gotten on with his Coaches, but Livio Caferoglu analyses the memorable relationships Totti formed with the men in charge. Includes gallery of that group of men to have been faced with instructing an icon. Part 1 - Part 2.

'Why should I stop?'

Performances prove that even at 40, Totti can offer a big contribution, so why not continue? Susy Campanale considers the age old question. Read more.

From the archive...

Sei Unico, Totti

Francesco Totti in his prime could inspire teammates to meteoric performances, such as the one produced to defeat arch-rivals Lazio in 2002. Read more.

La Bandiera delle Bandiere

Totti is held by his club's fans above all other legends at Roma, as polls in 2012 confirmed. Read more.

Football Italia Archive: Francesco Totti

Francesco Totti was a cover star, feature focus and topic of many an article during Football Italia magazine's years. Read more.