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Francesco Totti: “I Truly Love You All”

Francesco Totti couldn’t hold back the tears as he was inducted into Roma’s Hall of Fame in an emotional ceremony on Tuesday night.

The former Italy star, who played for Roma for his entire 25-year career before hanging up his boots in 2017, was presented to fans before Roma’s 2-0 Champions League defeat by Real Madrid.

Wearing a smart blue suit, Totti paraded a Roma shirt around the stadium’s running track as supporters showed their gratitude to their most famous player.

Roma immediately inducted Totti into their Hall of Fame when he retired at the end of last season, but delayed the public ceremony to honour him.

The 42-year-old was visibly touched as fans chanted his name and held up banners to thank him for his impressive service.

‘It’s a landmark day, so special,’ Totti said.

‘I’m a Roman, a Roma fan, I only played for one club, I was the captain… it’s a privilege that is difficult to put into words.

‘To stand here in front of the fans is always emotional for me. To be with them makes every day like the Hall of Fame for me.

‘Like always we are united; we are all brothers, sisters – I truly love you all.’

Totti, who is now a club director, came through the ranks at Roma and made his senior debut for the club back in 1992, when he was just 16 years old.

He went on to play for the club for 25 years, winning the Serie A title in 2001 and the Coppa Italia in 2007 and 2008.