Totti rejected ‘very important’ Madrid offer

Francesco Totti has revealed how he rejected the opportunity to sign for Real Madrid in 2004 to stay loyal to Roma.

Totti retired at the end of last season, aged 40, after spending 25 campaigns with his boyhood club and netting 307 goals in 786 appearances.

“There was a very important offer which came from Madrid in 2004, but I chose to stay and wear just one shirt rather than all those titles,” Totti told Sky Italia, as cited by Diario AS.

“To stay was the most important thing for me, Roma mattered more to me than earning more money or winning more trophies – the club is my love and my passion.

“I still won lots of trophies with Roma but I was not able to change the other players (those who moved on) to stay with the club.

“I would rather have finished my career in a different way, but I wish to stay within the club forever now.

“My current market value? I would say around €200m…”

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