Francesco Totti is not only the captain of AS Roma, but also a talismanic symbol of the Club. Born in San Giovanni, and a supporter of the Giallorossi since a very young age, Roma’s number ten is without question the best player in the club's history. His career is the stuff of legend.
Francesco Totti is the epitome of the "one club man" having notched up 21 seasons at Roma. Born and raised a Giallorossi, the current captain is considered by many diehard fans Roma's greatest player ever.
He is the number-one goalscorer, and second all-time in league history, with 228 goals and the most capped player in the club's history with over 550 appearances.
Totti began to play youth team football at the age of 8, with Fortitudo. After coming to the attention of scouts, his mother refused a lucrative offer from AC Milan to remain in his hometown, and he joined the Roma youth squad in 1989.
After three years on the youth team, Totti made his first appearance for Roma's senior side at the age of sixteen.
His primary position is that of a trequartista, though he has also been successfully utilized as a lone striker.
Often referred to as Il Re di Roma (The King of Rome), the highlight of Totti's club career is the Serie A title in 2001.
Although European success for his club eluded him, Totti was a World Cup winner in 2006. He has won many individual awards, including a record five Italian Footballer of the Year awards and two Serie A Footballer of the Year awards.
Roma recently announced that Totti had signed a new contract that will keep him at the club until 2016, at which time he would be 39 years old. The deal is worth €3.2 million per season and also includes a clause that will give Totti a managerial position with his hometown club once he stops playing.
When he joined A.S. Roma in 1980, Paulo Roberto Falcao explicitly asked for the number 5 shirt; although in Italy it was worn by central defenders, in Brazil it held a special significance – the player who wears the number 5 commands the play and, when a great player wears it, the entire team revolves around him. And Falcao was a great player.
At one stage, he was the world's highest paid footballer and due to his success and performances with Roma, he earned the nickname "the eighth King of Rome" from the fans and was inducted into the Roma Hall of Fame in 2013.
Although the pinnacle of an amazing career was reached with the legendary Milan team of the late eighties, 'Carletto' was, prior to that, captain of a very successful Roma side that won the 1983 Scudetto, 4 Coppa's and reached the 1984 European cup final.
Currently he is one of the most successful and sought after managers in world football after spells with Milan, Chelsea, PSG and Real Madrid and one of only six men to have won the European Cup/Champions League as player and manager.
Roma's home games in the eternal city are currently played at the Stadio Olimpico, a venue they share with city rivals Lazio. With a capacity of over 72,000, it is the second largest of its kind in Italy, with only the San Siro able to seat more.
The derby between the two is called the Derby della Capitale, and is amongst the most heated and emotional footballing rivalries in the world.
A popular nickname for the club is 'i lupi', translated as the wolves, the animal has always featured on the club's badge in different forms throughout their history. Currently the emblem of the team is the one which was used when the club was first founded. It portrays the female wolf with the two infant brothers Romulus and Remus, illustrating the myth of the creation of Rome.
Founded in 1927 Associazione Sportiva Roma have participated in the top-tier of Italian football for all of their existence but one season in the early 50s.
Roma have won Serie A three times, first in 1942 then in 1983 and again in 2001, as well as winning nine Coppa Italia titles and two Supercoppa Italiana titles. On the European stage the Giallorossi won an Inter-Cities Fairs Cup in 1961 but were denied the ultimate glory of a European cup when they were beaten on their own patch by Liverpool in 1984.
In 2000 Batistuta transferred to Roma from Fiorentina in a deal worth €36.2 million which remains the highest fee ever paid for
a player over the age of 30. During the 2000–01 season, he finally garnered a Serie A winners' medal as Roma clinched the Scudetto for the first time since 1983. The following season with Roma, he changed his shirt number from 18 to 20 in reference
to the number of goals he had scored during the Scudetto winning campaign. He also wore his age on the back of his Roma jersey in 2002, number 33.
A prolific goalscorer, Roberto Pruzzo was known as a strong and hardworking centre-forward throughout his career. With good technique, especially excellent heading ability, Pruzzo was one of the best Italian strikers of his generation and regarded as one of Roma's greatest players.
Pruzzo moved to Roma in 1979, for a then record sum of 3 billions liras, winning one Scudetto during the 1982–83 season, and four Italian Cups in 1980-81-83-86. Pruzzo's purple patch coincided with Roma's best ever era and were unlucky not to have a European cup to show for it - although Pruzzo scored the equaliser in the 1984 European Cup Final, when Roma, despite playing at home, were beaten on penalties by Liverpool. On a personal level, Pruzzo would bag the Serie A top-scorer gong on three occasions, an achievement only eight people have ever managed.
Pruzzo went on to become one of the most celebrated players ever to don the Giallorossi shirt. On his nomination for the AS Roma Hall of Fame in 2012, Pruzzo wrote: “When we were on the pitch, we felt like we were loved. I still think that was the best-loved Roma side of all time.”
He ended his career in 1989 after a season for Fiorentina.