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Emotional scenes at the Stadio Olimpico as Totti says goodbye

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Isaac Mcdaniel | 29 May, 2017, 12:03

AS Roma's captain Francesco Totti delivers a speech during a ceremony following his last match with AS Roma after the Italian Serie A football match AS Roma vs Genoa on May 28, 2017 at the Olympic Stadium in Rome.

Italian footballer Francesco Totti has bid farewell to Roma after a remarkable 25-season career with his hometown club.

But the hosts were not to be denied, Perotti scoring in the final minute to ensure they beat Napoli to second - the third time in four years Roma have been runners-up - and ensured they will qualify automatically for the Champions League group stage.

Roma's second most fielded player, De Rossi - a mere 225 outings behind Totti - got the goal the Giallorossi deserved with 15 minutes remaining.

Totti played a pivotal role in Roma ending an 18-year wait for the scudetto in 2001, and - barring any last-minute decision to continue his playing career elsewhere - is now set to start working alongside Roma's sporting director Monchi.

A universally respected player, Totti received much praise from across the football world today with players past and present taking to Twitter to salute a true hero.

8827 - days separating Totti's Serie A debut at Brescia on March 28, 1993 and his final game against Genoa on Sunday.

"There was an opportunity for me to join Roma when I was in America and one of the main reasons I was very tempted was Francesco", Beckham told Roma's website. This time I can not see through the holes in the net what lies beyond.

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De Rossi said: "There are people who are not normal".

Roma is one point ahead of third-place Napoli, which will play at Sampdoria.

And it was nearly two as Roma made a shaky start, Raffaele Palladino firing wide after Szczesny had taken a major risk in charging out of his goal.

From Monday I'm ready to go again.

The longevity of Totti's career is truly hard to grasp but, when put along side significant world events, it becomes even more mystifying.

32 - The number of goals Totti scored in his most prolific season in 2006-07.

Totti who is the youngest club captain in Italian history won his only Serie A title in 2000-01 - finishing as a runner-up nine times - said: "Winning one league title at Roma to me is worth winning 10 at Juventus or Real Madrid".

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