Totti crowned modern goal-scoring king
Roma captain Francesco Totti moved up to fifth on the all-time Serie A scoring chart with two goals in Sunday's dramatic 3-2 win at Bari. His 205th and 206th strikes took him past Italy legend Roberto Baggio in the scoring list and Totti has no intention of stopping now.
"The King of Rome is not dead and he will never die," he told Sky Sport. "I know what I can give. I'm happy that I've set another record and taken another scalp, a great player like Baggio. I hope to keep going at this level."
Totti smashed home a free-kick past a poorly positioned wall on the half hour mark and then slotted home a penalty on 57 minutes, equalising on both occasions. And it could have been even better for the 34-year-old who missed out on a hat-trick when he crashed a 79th minute penalty against a post.
However, his day wasn't to be spoiled as Aleandro Rosi bundled home a winner five minutes into injury time to give Roma the three points. It also moved them to within a point of city rivals Lazio in the fourth and final UEFA Champions League qualifying place, although the Biancoceleste can extend that lead if they beat Juventus on Monday.
Totti's 206th goal, which moved him one above the Divine Ponytail (Baggio) also saw him extend his lead as the highest scorer currently active over Juve's Alessandro Del Piero, joint ninth on 184. The all-time scoring record is held by Silvio Piola, who scored 274 goals for Pro Vercelli, Lazio, Juventus and Novara.
Roma's emblematic striker is a one-club man, having spent 18 years in the yellow and red. He made his debut as a 16-year-old in the 2-0 win away to Brescia on 28 March, 1993 and scored his first goal the following season in a 1-1 draw against Foggia on 24 September, 1994.
He went on to win the Serie A title with the club in 2000/01 alongside Gabriel Batistuta under the stewardship of Fabio Capello. He has also lifted the Italian Cup twice but has had many near misses as Roma have finished runners-up in the league six times and four times in the Cup during his career.
However, he was twice named Serie A player of the year and five times Italian player of the year while he won the FIFA World Cup™ with Italy in 2006. He's scored 14 goals this season and is the club's top goalscorer and joint sixth in the league.