Roma Captain Francesco Totti: I Almost Quit Football Because Of Mario Balotelli Kick

Totti admits he was on the brink of announcing his retirement...
Roma captain Francesco Totti has admitted he was close to sticking the boot into his career after kicking out at Inter striker Mario Balotelli last season.

Totti saw red in every sense and his actions were almost the final send off, but for back-tracking on his heat of the moment thoughts.

"It's true that I thought about quitting at the end of last season. There was a moment in which I really thought about stopping," he told the press in Riscone di Brunico.

"But then I spoke to important people and they helped me change ideas because when there is passion it's hard to switch paths."

And Totti kept the outlook positive as he eyes silverware next season. He also mentioned Roma's Unicredit takeover in which various Arab investment groups have been linked with buying the club from the banking group.

"I have full trust in this club and I will always thank the Sensi family. If other people come in then it's important they do it with heart. If a sheik comes with €200 million then everyone will be happy," he added.

"As for the season ahead you always try to reach important objectives. Winning the Scudetto in Rome is too important, too nice, but also too difficult.

"Adriano is a player who can win games on his own. And I am sure all three of us [Totti, Vucinic and Adriano] can play together and help the team."

Totti's may have revised his reasons to quit club football, but there is no room to manouevre for an Italy return.

"The Italy discourse for me is a closed one. If I was old last year then think about now. [Cesare] Prandelli is a great man, a great coach, and if he is coaching Italy then he deserves it," he concluded.

Watch the clip below of Totti kicking out at Balotelli:

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