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Totti presents his autobiography inside the Colosseum

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ROME (AP) Fans chanted outside as Francesco Totti presented his new autobiography before 300 invited guests inside the Colosseum on Thursday to mark the retired Roma captain’s 42nd birthday.

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A long line of former teammates and coaches of Totti – including Antonio Cassano, Vincent Candela, Marcello Lippi and Claudio Ranieri – were called on to the stage to recount various phases of his 25-year career with his hometown club.

“Un capitano” (A captain) – was co-written with journalist Paolo Condo and published by Rizzoli. Totti said jokingly, “I haven’t read any books. This is the first.”

Some of the book’s profits will go to the Bambino Gesu children’s hospital in Rome.

Watch: Signed Totti jersey shot into space

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Francesco Totti scored many a rocket goal, but his famous AS Roma jersey achieved something that isn’t humanly possible.

A rocket carrying two satellites also had an extra piece of luggage on-board, a signed Francesco Totti jersey, a replica of the one he wore on his final match for Roma on May 28. Totti retired from a 24-year playing career at the age of 40 this summer.

The rocket was built by Italian company Avio and after the club floated the idea of sending a Totti jersey into space on social media in early July, Totti himself and Avio came on board with the idea.

Watch below as the rocket successfully launches into space.

Totti ready to begin new role in Roma management

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ROME (AP) Recently retired Roma captain Francesco Totti is ready to begin his new role working in the club’s management, without any specific role for now.

Totti tells Roma’s website, “I want to be everything and nothing. I want to be an important person for Roma, and Roma really understand that’s what I want to do.”

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Totti plans to work with Roma’s new sporting director, Monchi, coach Eusebio Di Francesco and even club president James Pallotta.

Totti, who ended his 25-year playing career with his hometown club in May, says he will work with everyone “from the youth sector to the president. Then it is normal that it will take a while – six months, a year, two years, I don’t know – to truly find my real and best role.”

Juan Jesus: Totti planned to send penalty kick to fans in final Roma match

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Francesco Totti has been the definition of class for AS Roma for the better part of two decades, and his intentions in his final match with the Serie A side certainly seem par for the course when it comes to the Italian legend.

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With Roma needing a victory to beat out Napoli for second place in Italy’s top flight there was still much to play for on the final day of the Serie A season.

Luckily for the Giallorossi, the club managed to get their desired result, a 3-2 win over Genoa, but Totti wasn’t able to achieve his dream send off, according to teammate Juan Jesus.

“He was nervous all week,” Jesus told Porto Alegre-based station Radio Atlantida. “One day he would say, ‘I’m quitting,’ and the next he would be, ‘I’m going to keep playing.’ Before Roma-Genoa, we all got together in the dressing room and he said, ‘If I get a penalty, I won’t score it, I’ll kick the ball into the Curva [Sud].’

“There wasn’t a penalty so instead he sent an autographed ball into the Curvaafter the game. Totti is a fantastic person and he deserves far more than just that party. He’s somebody who helps those in need a lot, without anybody needing to know about it.

“We’re honoured to have played alongside him in this, his final season with Roma. He could have won a lot at other clubs because there are technically few around in the world like him.”

Although Totti wasn’t able to have his dream ending, at least according to Jesus, the Roma legend once again showed us why he’s been a fan favorite not only at the Stadio Olimpico but all throughout Italy, Europe and the globe since making his debut in 1992.

VIDEO: Watch Francesco Totti’s emotional Roma farewell

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After a 25-year career at AS Roma, Francesco Totti was handed a fitting farewell on Sunday.

The hometown hero, now 40 years of age, called time on his incredible Roma career and looked overwhelmed.

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Coming on for the 786th and final appearance of his stunning career, the all-time leading scorer for Roma (307 goals in all competitions) helped his team secured a dramatic last-gasp 3-2 win over Genoa to seal second place in the Serie A table and an automatic spot in the UEFA Champions League next season.

Totti spurned big money moves to Real Madrid and Barcelona where he could have won the biggest trophies and individual titles in the game to stay at Roma. He won just one Scudetto with Roma but famously said that was worth 10 league titles had he played for another team.

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Following the game it was all about Totti as his teammates and manager broke down in tears, and so too did Totti as he went on a lap of honor with his wife and children at a sold-out Stadio Olimpico.

Rome’s favorite son said goodbye and there wasn’t a dry eye in the house.

Watch the emotional farewell in the videos below.

I know. I have something in my eye too…