Laureus World Sports Awards, Greatest Sporting Moment August nominees: Francesco Totti’s farewell

There wasn’t a dry eye at the Olympic Stadium as Roma bid farewell to Francesco Totti following 28 years with the team. The 40-year-old called time on his Roma career after playing his final game on 28 May.

This was the perfect send-off for the forwards as he arrived at the 54th minute. Roma felt a last-minute winner to beat Genoa 3-2 and procure in what was the 786th appearance of Totti, a Champions League group phase place. The moment is one of those nominees for the Laureus Best Sporting Moment Awards.

Roma player Francesco Totti greets his fans after his last match during the Serie A match between AS Roma and Genoa CFC on May 28, 2017. Getty

Roma player Francesco Totti greets supporters following his game on 28 May. Getty Images

With his three children and his teammates by his many sobbing uncontrollably, they waited for a man who had given talent and his entire life to his boyhood staff to say his final goodbye.

Because they waited to hear from their own captain, fans wept. “You welcomed me as a child and now I leave as a man,” Totti stated. Affectionately called the Roma fans as “Er pupone” (the large baby), he is eventually ready to hang up his famous No 10 shirt once and for all.

Totti scored 307 goals, has taken part in 25 Serie A seasons and played under four Italian Presidents, 17 directors and three Popes.

Laureus have previously awarded those at the Peak of the athletic pinnacle for the past 17 Decades, Laureus awards groups and individuals in a total of two categories, with some of the other groups becoming  Laureus World Sportsman of the Year, Laureus World Sportswoman of the Year, Laureus World Team of the Year, Laureus World Breakthrough of the Year Amongst Others.

Some of the winners of Laureus Awards include Usain Bolt, Michael Phelps and Roger Federer, apart from teams like the Brazilian football team and Leicester City.

Released Date: Aug 01, 2017 06:00 pm | Upgraded Date: Aug 01, 2017 10:18 am

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