AS Roma captain Francesco Totti announced he is ready "to break new records with the club" after signing a five-year contract with the Giallorossi. "Roma is my choice for life," the 32-year-old added.
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AS Roma captain Francesco Totti announced that he is ready "to break new records with the club" after signing a five-year contract with the Giallorossi on Monday.
'Choice for life'
The 32-year-old, whose previous deal was set to expire in June 2010, has spent his entire career with Roma and holds the club records for most appearances, 539, and most goals, 220, since making his debut in the Italian League Cup on 16 December 1993. "This means a lot to me, it's a special day," the former Italy forward said. "I would like to thank the president, Rosella Sensi, for believing in me and for extending my contract. But I want to thank everyone, the club, the city, the fans and the mayor. Roma is my choice for life."
At a ceremony at the Colle del Campidoglio, Totti was also presented with an award for equalling Giampiero Boniperti's record of 178 Serie A goals with one club, a tally he reached last season. Totti, a FIFA World Cup winner with Italy in 2006, helped Roma to their third Scudetto in 2001 as well as the Coppa Italia in 2007 and 2008. The new contract ensures he will see out his playing career with the club before joining Roma's coaching team. Roma begin their European campaign on Thursday at home to KAA Gent in the third qualifying round of the UEFA Europa League.