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Francesco Totti receives UEFA President’s Award

022 - Italian and European football star honoured for legendary career

Published: Thursday 1 June 2017, 14.05CET

UEFA President Aleksander Čeferin has decided to grant the 2017 UEFA President’s Award to Francesco Totti for his outstanding career.

Commenting on the decision, UEFA President Aleksander Čeferin said:

“The President’s award recognises 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.”

Francesco Totti played 786 times for his home-town club AS Roma. Since making his debut as a 16-year-old, he has inspired a generation of football fans with his outstanding footballing ability and leadership skills. A FIFA World Cup winner with Italy in 2006, Totti helped Roma to the Scudetto in 2001 and the Coppa Italia in 2007 and 2008, and scored 250 goals alone in Serie A. He became the oldest goalscorer in UEFA Champions League history in 2014 - three days after his 38th birthday - a competition where he made 57 appearances and found the net on 17 occasions. Totti played his last game for AS Roma on Sunday.

Previous winners of the UEFA President’s Award are:

1998: Jacques Delors (European Commission, France)

1999: ----

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)

2015: ----

2016: ----

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