Francesco Totti has resigned as AS Roma executive after thirty years at the club. He spent his entire professional career at Roma and retired from playing in July 2017. "I resign as a Roma executive," said the Italian former forward, speaking at a news conference that lasted well over an hour. "I was hoping that this day never came, instead this ugly and heavy day has arrived.
Totti joined Roma's youth academy in 1989, making his senior debut in 1993 as a 16-year-old. He went on to score 307 goals in 785 games, winning Serie A in 2001 and the Coppa Italia twice. He also won 58 caps for Italy. His stay in the club slowly grinded to a halt as his relationship with president James Pallotta reportedly deteriorated.
Totti criticised the club's American ownership and the influence of former director and now club consultant Franco Baldini. "This is far worse than retiring as a player. Leaving Roma is like dying. I feel like it'd be better if I died," he said. "If I was the president of Roma and had two icons like Totti and De Rossi, I'd put them in charge of everything." Totti said, he would still like to attend a Roma game next season with De Rossi, but that the pair would "need wigs, or we won't see much of the game". He said the only way he would return to the club is under new ownership.