Francesco Totti says leaving Roma after 30 years is “like dying” after he resigned from his position as a director on the Serie A membership.
The World Cup winner, 42, spent his whole skilled profession at Roma and retired from taking part in in July 2017.
His relationship with president James Pallotta reportedly deteriorated, however final week the American stated he provided Totti the position of technical director.
Roma completed sixth final season and missed out a Champions League place.
“I resign as a Roma govt,” stated the Italian former ahead, talking at a information convention that lasted properly over an hour. “I hoped that today by no means got here, as a substitute this ugly and heavy day has arrived.
“I by no means had the prospect to work on the technical space with Roma.”
He added: “That is far worse than retiring as a participant. Leaving Roma is like dying. I really feel prefer it’d be higher if I died.”
Totti criticised the membership’s American possession and the affect of former director and now membership marketing consultant Franco Baldini.
“It is a membership to be beloved and supported,” he added. “There should not be pro-Totti, pro-Pallotta or pro-Baldini factions. Simply Roma followers.
“As I stated, presidents go, coaches go, gamers go, however the flags don’t.
“They knew my intentions and what I wished, to provide a lot to this membership and crew, however they by no means wished me to, in all honesty. They excluded me from each determination.”
Totti’s exit follows former team-mate Daniele de Rossi, 35, who left the membership on the finish of final season after 18 years.
“The principle focus of sure individuals has been to take away Romans from Roma,” Totti claimed. “Ultimately, the reality got here out, as a result of they achieved what they wished.”
Totti joined Roma’s youth academy in 1989, making his senior debut in 1993 as a 16-year-old. He went on to attain 307 objectives in 785 video games, profitable Serie A in 2001 and the Coppa Italia twice. He additionally received 58 caps for Italy.
He stated the one means he would return to the membership is beneath new possession.
“If I used to be the president of Roma and had two icons like Totti and De Rossi, I would put them in command of all the pieces,” stated Totti, who stated he would nonetheless prefer to attend a Roma recreation subsequent season with De Rossi, however that the pair would “want wigs, or we can’t see a lot of the sport”.
He added: “Pallotta surrounded himself with the fallacious individuals and he solely listens to them. Everybody makes errors, however if you happen to make the identical errors for eight years, you need to ask your self some questions. One thing clearly goes fallacious.”