Steven Gerrard pays tribute to Francesco Totti ahead of his final game 5 years ago

Steven Gerrard pays tribute to Francesco Totti ahead of his final game

This season has seen several legends of world football retiring, with Xabi Alsonso and Philipp Lahm both hanging up their boots for good recently.

Today sees another big name play their last ever game – one-club-man and World Cup winner Francesco Totti will run out one final time for Roma this evening. Making his debut all the way back in 1993, it’s a real end of an era, and something that will make anyone who grew up watch Football Italia on Channel 4 feel really old.

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But it’s not just fans that are feeling emotional about it – the pros are too. Steven Gerrard posted a tribute to Totti on Instagram, calling him both a special player and praising his loyalty.

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The king of Rome plays his last game today. A special player who deserves all the accolades that come his way. Huge respect for his loyalty to his team.

It’ll be an emotional night at the Stadio Olimpico, that’s for sure.