'Turned in a performance of someone half his age' - Goal's World Player of the Week Francesco Totti

World Player of the Week
Francesco Totti
AGE 37
POSITION Attacking Midfielder

0-3 Roma

After Saturday evening's clash with Inter at San Siro, Roma captain Francesco Totti was asked if he would consider coming out of international retirement to represent Italy at next summer's World Cup.

"Right now, I'm not thinking about the national team," the 37-year-old attacker insisted. However, one can be certain that Azzurri boss Cesare Prandelli is now thinking about him.

Totti was quite simply outstanding in Roma's 3-0 rout of Inter. He scored the opening two goals before playing a key role in the third, which arrived at the end of a half in which he completed all 17 of the passes he played.

The Gazzetta dello Sport was moved to compare the seemingly ageless attacker to a poem by Giacomo Leopardi, L'Infinito ('The Infinite'). Giallorossi boss Rudi Garcia, meanwhile, simply hailed Totti as 'one of the greatest players in the history of football' and, as Goal's Kris Voakes points out, even the home side's supporters were moved to hail the 'King of Rome'.

He said: "Totti turned in the performance of someone half his age as Roma continued their 100 per cent start to the season against previously unbeaten Inter.

"He fired an arrowed shot into the bottom corner to open the scoring before then emphatically converting a second from the penalty spot.

"His pièce de résistance, though, was the delightful flick that launched the counterattack that helped the Giallorossi make it 3-0 just before half-time.

"When he was replaced with nine minutes to go, Totti was given a thoroughly deserved standing ovation."

Congratulations to Francesco Totti, Goal's 230th World Player of the Week winner!

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