Totti: Legend of Rome
In the modern game of football, it is common place to see a player switch his allegiance from one club to another due to the prospects of playing in a bigger competition, better offers or change of management. There are a few who have stood with a team through it all and one who stands tall among them all is Francesco Totti.
When he scored the winner for Roma against Sampdoria in the 90+2 minutes, it became the 23rd consecutive season he has scored for Roma.
Mohamed Salah neatly headed Diego Perotti’s cross into the net to give Roma the lead in the 8th minute, but Roma soon surrendered the lead when Luis Muriel received a pass from Vasco Regini and squeezed a shot past Wojciech Szczesny.
Sampdoria took the lead 23 minutes later when Fabio Quagliarella tapped in Ricardo Alvarez’s pass past the Polish goalkeeper. Roma went in at halftime with a task to get back into the game and win it.
After the hour-long delay due to heavy rain, Roma resumed the second half with a double substitution. Francesco Totti and Edin Dzeko replaced Diego Perotti and Stephan El Shaarawy respectively. Totti became the provider of Dzeko’s leveller.
In what seem like a contest between Sampdoria’s goalkeeper Emiliano Viviano and Mohamed Salah, Roma was kept at bay until the last minute of the game when Dzeko was hauled down by Milan skriniar. The Rome stars were in alignment when Totti stepped up to take the penalty kick
Francesco Totti buried the penalty and 23 years of consistently banging in the goals at the Stadio Olimpico for his beloved club did not stand in the way of his passionate celebration, earning himself a booking in the process.
In 13 days time, Totti would be 40. He has used 27 of those years (including 3 years with the youth team) serving the yellow and reds side Roma. That is a rarity nowadays. And that is what legends are made of.