The prospect of Francesco Totti retiring from the only club he has ever known is, without a doubt, the most significant narrative in the ninety year history of the club. Not the Scudettos, the European accomplishments or even the American takeover. Totti is, in every sense of the word, synonymous with AS Roma. Fittingly, the manner in which his swan song has been handled, by the club, but the media and by Totti himself, has taken on a life of its own, bastardizing the news cycle like few stories before it.
Despite his silence on the subject, Sky Sport Italia reported today—speculated, to put it correctly—that Francesco Totti will retire at the end of the season, and will accept an administrative role in Monchi’s new Roma regime. On which grounds Sky makes this claim isn’t readily clear, after all it was only five days ago that Totti told the world, “you’ll know at the end of the season”, but considering the source, we can at the very least call it well-reasoned speculation.
I’ll spare you the awkward Google translated page and give you the gist of it: Sky claims that, following Totti’s final match on May 28th, he’ll move on upstairs alongside Monchi, accepting the technical director’s role, the actual scope and day-to-day responsibilities of which remain to be seen.
This is all speculation of course, and until Totti himself confirms it, don’t assume this matter is settled.