Another guest post, this time from rabid Romanista and soccer scribe Stuart J Harper (@StuartJHarper on Twitter). He really couldn’t pick anyone else could he?
Many heroes are adopted sons, imports from rival clubs or Stranieri from foreign climes - but Francesco Totti could have suckled on the same lupine teat as Romulus and Remus - as emblematic of Rome is he.
Parochial icon aside, Totti’s global legacy is hewn from footballing magnificence. Visionary deliverer and mercurial executioner, “Il Capitano” has carried the weight of Giallorosso hopes and, indeed, the storied number 10 jersey - all replete with an antagonistic arrogance.