Francesco Totti

An AS Roma fan, Totti was just 16 when he made his first appearance in a 2-0 away victory at Brescia Calcio in March 1993. Four goals in 21 outings in 1994/95 marked his arrival as a Roma regular, and over the ensuing seasons, Totti won over the Giallorossi faithful with a series of electric displays. Hugely talented teenager, Totti scored in Italy’s 4-1 defeat by Spain in the final of the UEFA European Under-18 Championship in July 1995. Italy exacted revenge the following year in the final of the Under-21 competition, with Totti opening the scoring in a 1-1 draw against the Spanish before triumphing on penalties. He made his senior Azzurri debut in the UEFA EURO 2000 qualifying victory against Switzerland and was imperious in the finals tournament, scoring against Romania and Belgium and starring in the final loss to France. More disappointment followed at the 2002 FIFA World Cup, with the forward failing to register and then being sent off as Italy fell to the Korean Republic in the second round. As Italy’s Player of the Year in 2000, Totti lived up to his reputation the following term when he helped AS Roma secure their first league title since 1983, scoring 13 Serie A goals. Totti has taken over from Alessandro Del Piero as Italy’s Golden Boy. He is considered one of the best forwards in the world. A goodwill ambassador for UNICEF.