Football: Totti confirms end of Roma career, set for new challenge

Roma legend Francesco Totti will be retiring after his final match against Genoa, having spent 25 years at the Stadio Olimpico.
Roma legend Francesco Totti will be retiring after his final match against Genoa, having spent 25 years at the Stadio Olimpico.PHOTO: AFP

(REUTERS) - AS Roma's talismanic playmaker Francesco Totti has confirmed that Sunday's (May 28) Serie A match at home to Genoa will be his last after 25 years at the club but left his future shrouded in mystery by saying he was ready for a "new challenge."

The 40-year-old gave no clues as to whether the new challenge would be a director's role at Roma or playing at a different club, something which has always been considered unthinkable for one of football's most loyal players.

"From Monday, I'm ready to go again. I'm ready for a new challenge," said Totti on his Twitter feed.

"Roma-Genoa, Sunday May 28, 2017, the last time I can wear Roma's jersey."

Totti added: "I can't tell you in a few words how much these colours mean, meant and will always mean to me.

"I just feel that my love for football never fades. It's a passion, my passion. It's so deep I can't imagine not fuelling it any longer. Ever."