‘I was really on the cusp of that transfer… it was practically all done’: Roma legend Francesco Totti reveals he was on brink of signing for Real Madrid back in 2004
- Francesco Totti says he was on the verge of signing for Real Madrid in 2004
- But the attacking midfielder decided to stay in Serie A with the club he loved
- The Italian spent his entire career at Roma and went on to win five trophies
- His exit was controversial after he was not offered a new contract in 2017
Francesco Totti has revealed he was on the brink of signing for Real Madrid in 2004.
The Italian spent his entire career at Roma, becoming a club legend and winning five trophies in 25 years.
Totti said it had been his dream to stay at the Serie A side forever but considered leaving to win more silverware.
Francesco Totti has revealed he was on the brink of signing for Real Madrid back in 2004
The Italian spent his entire career at Roma, becoming a club legend and winning five trophies
‘My dream was to remain at Roma forever, but then it’s natural when you grow up and realise there are going to be bumps in the road over many years,’ he told Er Faina during an Instagram interview.
‘Milan started trying to sign me before I even made my debut for Roma. Ariedo Braida came to my house and wanted to take me to Milan at all costs.
‘The time I really was on the verge of leaving was for Real Madrid in 2004-05. I really was on the cusp of that transfer, it was practically all done.
Hesaid it was his dream to stay at the Serie A side forever but considered leaving for silverware
‘I wanted to win. We’d won one Scudetto and then lost two straight afterwards. We were slowing down our progress, so I wanted us to buy champions and hire coaches to win trophies. I saw a lot of problems.
‘However, Franco Sensi was like a father to me and I gave him everything I possibly could.’
Despite his legendary status and willingness to stay on as a club director, Totti’s playing exit and subsequent retirement was controversial.
He believes he deserved more respect from club President Jim Pallotta.
The Roma hero is the second-highest scorer of all time in Italian league history with 250 goals
‘Pallotta never told me that I wasn’t going to be offered a new contract, he just made sure I got the message. It was disappointing, because I’d done so much for Roma and expected a little more respect.
‘The call came, I had two games left and my world collapsed around me. Even if I could feel that I was in the final stages of my career, I still would’ve appreciated more respect.’
Totti is the second-highest scorer of all time in Italian league history with 250 goals and is the sixth-highest scoring Italian in all competitions with 316 goals.
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