A whole new challenge awaits former AS Roma legend Francesco Totti as the Serie A club return to the Champions League group stage on Tuesday against Atletico Madrid.
The 40-year-old former player will swap his Roma shirt for a suit as he assumes the mantle of a director of the Serie A club.
As a player Totti helped Roma to a Scudetto, won a World Cup with Italy and won a European Golden Shoe.
Totti played 786 matches for his hometown club after joining as a schoolboy in 1989, scoring a club-record 307 goals, and won the 2006 World Cup with Italy.
He retired from international football after Germany 2006 to devote all his energies to his beloved club.
After retiring as a club player in May he stepped into a role as technical director.
“The first part (of my life) – being a footballer – is over and now another, equally important one as a director begins, and I hope that I will be able to do what I did on the field,” Totti told Roma’s website at the time.
Francesco Totti receives a prize before the friendly soccer match between AS Roma and Chapecoense at Stadio Olimpico on September 1, 2017 in Rome,Italy.
Kevin Spacey watches Roma’s game against Inter
Kevin Spacey was a special guest at the Stadio Olimpico – as actor Kevin Spacey watched the Giallorossi’s game against Inter Milan.
The star of the television series ‘House of Cards’ – along with films ranging from ‘The Usual Suspects’ to ‘American Beauty’ was given a tour of the stadium prior to kick-off, and even met Roma officials including Francesco Totti before kick-off.
Francesco Totti at the Champions League draw
Totti (C) receives the UEFA President’s Award during the UEFA Europa League group stage draw .