AS Roma legend Francesco Totti has revealed that Real Madrid had tried to sign him during the first Galactico era but he ended up staying put with the Roman outfit. The Italian legend spent his entire career in Rome, spanning from 1989 to 2017.
He made his first-team debut in 1992 and hung up his boots in 2017, playing 786 times for Roma and scoring 307 goals in the process. At his peak, he was one of the best forwards in the world and it is of no wonder that Real Madrid tried to sign him.
Totti, however, rejected their approach and revealed that former Madrid stars call him crazy for not joining the Galacticos but he doesn’t have any regrets about it.
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"My retirement was a little unexpected, but correct," he explained, as per AS. "Now I have accepted it, but I needed two years to do so, because it was not my decision.
"In any case, I have never regretted my decisions. Not even from when I was 25 years old and Real Madrid called me at the time of the galácticos, although I did have a moment of uncertainty.
Now, when I see some players from that Real Madrid side they say to me, 'you were crazy, you rejected the best team in the world'.
"I made a decision for a love I don't regret," he continued. "Staying in Rome was a double victory. Playing 25 years wearing the shirt of the team I supported."