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Roma and Totti breakup after 30-year love affair

Date Added: June 25, 2019 10:10:45 AM
Author: David
Category: Teams: UEFA: Italy: AS Roma
Roma legend Francesco Totti has ended his 30-year association with the Italian capital side, after becoming alienated by the club’s American ownership.

A World Cup winner with Italy, he spent his entire career with Roma and retired from playing just two seasons ago. However, the rift between ownership and club legends has become fraught. President and owner James Pallotta has been subject to much criticism by some portions of the Roma fanbase over his seemingly ‘callous’ treatment of club legends, Totti and Daniele De Rossi.

Speaking after his Roma departure, Totti said: "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 went on to lambast Pallotta, "The main focus of certain people has been to remove Romans from Roma," Totti claimed.

"Pallotta surrounded himself with the wrong people and he only listens to them.”

Totti’s departure comes off the back of transfer guru Monchi returning to Sevilla after a disastrous spell in Rome.

Something isn’t right at Roma. Perhaps Totti and De Rossi leaving will provide the club with a fresh slate to work on, without club legends looking to dictate the direction the team? However, it’s hard to overstate the importance and symbolism the pair have in Rome. They are just as much a part of Rome as the Colosseum or Trevi Fountain.

Claudio Ranieri’s best efforts to drag the Giallorossi into the Champions League proved unsuccessful after taking charge midseason and the club are not anywhere near challengers when football betting on Serie A.

Lumped with Europa League football this coming season, Pallotta and his team face a crucial summer in player recruitment. For a club the size of Roma, they need to be competing at the highest level and can’t afford to remain in turmoil off and on the pitch.

Totti has reportedly been contacted by Sampdoria president Massimo Ferrero over a possible directorial role, while Fiorentina are also interested in getting the legendary striker on-board. Never missing a chance to take another jab at Pallotta, Totti said the only way he would return to the club is under new ownership. The player is an expert of using fan power to get his way but forcing an owner to sell up and leave is not going to happen.

Pallotta, an Italian American, loves Roma and has a long-term vision that will see him remain in the capital for many years.

The billionaire is reportedly set to open legal proceedings against Totti after his dramatic press conference, believing his comments have tarnished the club’s image – especially abroad.

Whatever happens from now, the Totti-Roma breakup is set to be messy and very public.

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