Francesco Totti has resigned from his role as director at AS Roma after reportedly falling out with club president James Pallota.
Totti criticised the club’s American ownership and the influence of former director and now club consultant Franco Baldini.
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Speaking in a press conference, the 2006 World Cup winner said: “I resign as a Roma executive. I was hoping that this day never came, instead this ugly and heavy day has arrived.
“I never had the chance to work on the technical area with Roma.”
“This is far worse than retiring as a player. Leaving Roma is like dying. I feel like it’d be better if I died.
“This is a club to be loved and supported,” he added. “There shouldn’t be pro-Totti, pro-Pallotta or pro-Baldini factions. Just Roma fans.
“As I said, Presidents pass, Coaches pass, players pass, but the flags do not.
“They knew my intentions and what I wanted, to give so much to this club and team, but they never wanted me to, in all honesty. They excluded me from every decision.
“The main focus of certain people has been to remove Romans from Romaq
. In the end, the truth came out, because they achieved what they wanted.”
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The 42-year-old spent his entire professional career at Roma and retired from playing in July 2017.
He joined Roma’s youth academy in 1989, making his senior debut in 1993 as a 16-year-old.
He went on to score 307 goals in 785 games, winning Serie A in 2001 and the Coppa Italia twice. He also won 58 caps for Italy.