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Former Roma boss Fabio Capello has insisted that Francesco Totti’s skills are one of a kind and that the striker remains one of the biggest names in world football, despite his age.

The 33-year-old wowed Italian fans last weekend after marking his comeback from knee surgery with an impressive hat-trick against Bari, his left-footed third effort prompting a standing ovation from the Olimpico crowd.

“Only Gigi Riva could kick the ball like him in Italy,” Capello said to Il Messaggero.

“But only with his left foot. Totti can use both feet and can hit the ball in several ways. Such champions can shoot ten times per match and eight of them are aimed on target, while five are very dangerous and can turn into a goal.

“Totti’s shooting qualities are unique and they will stay intact for life.”

Totti is now top of the Capocannoniere chart with nine goals to his name, along with Udinese skipper Antonio Di Natale.

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