Tributes from around the Italian football world have continued to pour in for 300-goal Francesco Totti, with two members of the fantasista family at the forefront of the congratulations.
The Roma No.10 surpassed another landmark at the weekend by scoring his 300th goal for the Giallorossi.
One of those paying tribute to this incredible goal tally was the legendary Juventus former No.10 Alessandro Del Piero, who left the following message on Roma’s official website:
Ciao Fra, this is a special moment for you and I’m delighted to be able to get this message to you.
I remember many moments we spent together. We had the honour of playing for different clubs and becoming their captains, representing the great rivalry there is between these two clubs, but this has also led us to appreciate and also to respect each other.
The scream that you made after scoring the penalty against Australia [in the 2006 World Cup last 16] is still in my mind. We won the most beautiful thing together – the World Cup.
Also offering praise was the iconic former Sampdoria No.10 – and current Inter Milan coach – Roberto Mancini, who took to Twitter to say:
Complimenti a Francesco Totti per il 300° gol con la maglia della Roma. Straordinario campione e professionista esemplare! #Totti300
— Roberto Mancini (@robymancio) September 21, 2015
Compliments to Francesco Totti for the 300th goal in a Roma shirt. An extraordinary champion and model professional! #Totti300
A one-club man, Totti holds the Italian record for number goals scored with the same team – ahead of Del Piero (290 with Juventus) – and is currently seventh (with 315 goals) amongst Italians to have scored professional goals in all competitions (behind Silvio Piola (390), Alessandro Del Piero (346), Giuseppe Meazza (338), Luca Toni (319), Roberto Baggio (318) and Filippo Inzaghi (316)).
Totti, who turns 39 next week, is still second (now with 244) in the list of all-time Serie A goalscorers (behind Silvio Piola again on 274) and has shown no indication of wanting to hang-up his boots before turning 40.
However, the Roma legend’s contract is up for renewal at the end of the season.