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Francesco Totti accepts offer to become Roma’s new director

Francesco Totti of Roma celebrates scoring his goal to make it 1-1 during the UEFA Champions League, Group E, football match between Manchester City and AS Roma on September 30, 2014 at Etihad Stadium in Manchester, England. ****NO AGENTS----NORTH AND SOUTH AMERICA SALES ONLY----NO AGENTS----NORTH AND SOUTH AMERICA SALES ONLY****
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Longtime Roma forward Francesco Totti has officially accepted an offer to become the club’s new director. In doing so, the 40-year-old Italian footballer has formally called it quits in regards to his playing days.

“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 what I did on the field,” Totti said, via the team’s official website.

“Football is my passion; it’s everything. It’s friendship, scoring goals, knowing new people. It’s something which touched every important part of my body.”

On the other hand, the longtime member of the club on the field is no doubt having trouble putting his playing days in the past. However, Totti certainly appears ready to take on his new role with Roma.

“I start over again, on a new adventure. I’ve taken this time to consider it, to reflect and I needed this time to be able to join this club, step by step, with tranquility, serenity and to understand the role which I was most suited to.

“I will try to make myself fully available, from the youth academy through to the president. I expect a rosy, beautiful future. I’ll pick a perfect role so that I am able to make this a great team and a great club.”

It is also worth noting that Totti spent his entire club career as a member of Roma, which began back in 1992, while suiting up for the Italian national team along the way as well.

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