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Francesco Totti was one of the most iconic number 10s to grace Serie A. He spent over 20 years at AS Roma where he made over 700 appearances for the club scoring 300 goals for them. He is the undisputed king of Rome, no other player in As Roma or Serie A can match his legacy. His moments of magic will always be in the memories of football faithful.

Here are 10 of the best quotes about Italy and Roma legend Francesco Totti.

"Totti is the symbol of Roma, he'd never want to leave the club just like Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes at Manchester United." - Sir Alex Ferguson

"I have a lot of respect for Francesco Totti. When you talk about Roma, you think about Francesco Totti, and when you talk about Francesco Totti, you think about Roma. I've had to battle so many times against him. I have maximum respect for him." - Thierry Henry

"I've always admired him because he's the business. He's an example to us all. Totti deserves all the applause he gets. He's given so much to the game over so many years so it's right that the fans should express their admiration for him." - Sergio Ramos

"Francesco Totti is impressive. He is an example for all and someone we all look up to. He demonstrates that age is not important in football: if you feel good, you enjoy it. If you play at the level he does it's good for him, for football and also for the children, because we give them the idea that football has no limits." - Cristiano Ronaldo


"There are many star players in Italy, but the only one I would bring to Bayern Munich would be Totti. I know him well and he deserves to win the Ballon d'Or."Franz Beckenbauer

"Francesco is an immortal player. If he is in these conditions, with the technical skills and talent he has, he is the player that can make the difference in any situation and at any age. With the way he is playing now, he is proving, if he ever had to prove anything, that he has always been and continues to be a champion." - Gianluigi Buffon

"A great player! What a phenomenon!" - Lionel Messi

"As a boy, I was ecstatic just to see him play. At 38, he still does amazing things on the pitch. I think I'm destined to be 'Captain Future' forever – he is the all-time captain." - Daniel de Rossi 

"The God of Rome. I've never seen anything like it. As a football player he's not quick and he's 38-years old now but he has his technique and ambition, and a touch that's God's gift."John Arne Riise


"If I was playing today I'd be like Totti, who's become an out-and-out striker. There aren't any No.10s in the old playmaker role anyway." - 
 Michel Platini