Francesco Totti was planning to miss his final penalty for Roma if presented with an opportunity, Juan Jesus has revealed.
After 25 seasons as part of the first-team set-up in the Italian capital, a club icon bid farewell to Stadio Olimpico on the final day of the 2016-17 Serie A season.
They eventually dug out a 3-2 victory, but there was no opportunity for Totti to complete a bizarre send-off by firing a spot-kick into the stands.
Roma colleague Juan Jesus told Radio Atlantida: "He was nervous all week.
"One day he would say, 'I'm quitting,' and the next he would be, 'I'm going to keep playing’.
“Before Roma-Genoa, we all got together in the dressing room and he said, 'If I get a penalty, I won't score it, I'll kick the ball into the Curva [Sud]’.
"There wasn't a penalty so instead he sent an autographed ball into the Curva after the game.
“Totti is a fantastic person and he deserves far more than just that party. He's somebody who helps those in need a lot, without anybody needing to know about it.
"We're honoured to have played alongside him in this, his final season with Roma. He could have won a lot at other clubs because there are technically few around in the world like him."
Totti ended his time at Roma with 307 goals in 786 appearances.