It’s been a Francesco Totti-themed week so far, so we might as well keep this train rolling. With the ambiguous back and forth going on between Totti and the club, no one is really certain how this will play out. We know for certain, or can at least reasonably speculate, that the club’s higher ups want Totti to retire, if for no other reason than to put all this controversy behind them and to start anew next season. Following this line of logic, we can safely assume that, with the spectre of Totti no longer hanging over him, Luciano Spalletti, who retains the support Pallotta and Monchi, would have fewer qualms about returning.
Consider all of that a convoluted backdrop to what might be the saddest day ever in the City of Seven Hills (hyperbole alert). With the constant will he or won’t he dragging on into the spring, Roma fans aren’t resting on the laurels, grabbing each and everyone of the 70,000 or so tickets available for Roma’s home match against Genoa on the 28th, which may be, could be and probably is Totti’s final match in a Roma shirt.
#Roma fans answer the call on #Tottiday ... #RomaGenoa sold out 70,000! pic.twitter.com/mObsIyzFAY— Richard Whittle (@RichWman) May 11, 2017
I’ve been thinking about this for at least three years now, but I’m still not any closer to a solution, I have no fucking idea how to say goodbye to Totti, not as a fan and especially not as a writer.
But if selling 70,000 tickets two weeks in advance doesn’t speak volumes about what this man means to this club, I don’t know what does. So, if you’re among those fortunate souls who will be there, be sure to cherish every second because there are millions of us seething in jealousy.