Francesco Totti wins the 2017 UEFA President’s Award. UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin decided to honour the AS Roma legend for his stunning career.
Totti’s 25-year career with Roma ended on Sunday after having played his last 30 minutes against Genoa.
The 40-year-old collected several record with the Giallorossi, 786 matches for the club in which he scored 307 goals.
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UEFA President Ceferin said expressed his admiration for the King of Rome stating that,
“The President’s award recognizes outstanding achievements, professional excellence and exemplary personal qualities. These attributes are personified by Francesco Totti — a man who has given around a quarter of a century of his life playing for his beloved AS Roma.
“Congratulations, Francesco, for a fantastic career and for your extraordinary loyalty and dedication, to Roma and to football.”
The UEFA President’s Award was previously won by Paolo Maldini, Alfredo Di Stefano, Sir Bobby Charlton, Eusebio, Franz Beckenbauer and Johan Cruyff.
Totti has won the 17th edition of the award.
Previous winners of the UEFA President’s Award
1998: Jacques Delors (European Commission, France)
2000: Guy Roux (France)
2001: Juan Santisteban (Spain)
2002: Sir Bobby Robson (England)
2003: Paolo Maldini (Italy)
2004: Ernie Walker (Scotland)
2005: Frank Rijkaard (Netherlands)
2006: Wilfried Straub (Germany)
2007: Alfredo Di Stéfano (Spain)
2008: Sir Bobby Charlton (England)
2009: Eusébio (Portugal)
2010: Raymond Kopa (France)
2011: Gianni Rivera (Italy)
2012: Franz Beckenbauer (Germany)
2013: Johan Cruyff (Netherlands)
2014: Josef Masopust (Czech Republic)