Usually you’re not allowed to dive into one of Rome’s many beautifully sculpted fountains scattered across the city, but on Tuesday night, no one was stopping James Pallotta.
On one of the biggest nights in recent club history, the American AS Roma president dove in backwards into a fountain, surrounded by hundreds of his closest friends, Roma fans celebrating the club’s amazing 3-0 win to advance past Barcelona on away goals into the UEFA Champions League semifinals.
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Pallotta hasn’t always been a favorite in Rome since purchasing the club with two other investors in 2011, but he’s been part of a transformation at the club that’s lifted it back into title contention every year, a brand new stadium of their own coming in 2020 and a team with the talent to defeat Barcelona. It’s a night that will live long in the memories of Roma fans.