Contrary to popular belief, Francesco Totti's footballing career is not as eternal as the city that loves him so (unless you're a Lazio fan), because - after 24 years and 600 games - it has been announced that he will retire from football at the end of this season.
Speaking at a press conference on Wednesday, Roma's new sporting director Monchi confirmed that this would be Totti's final season, but hinted that he could work closely with the 40-year-old icon after his retirement.
"In terms of Totti, I already knew that there was an agreement with the club that this would be his final year as a player, then he'd start as a director," Monchi said. "Francesco is Roma, I want to be as close to him as possible. I'd love to learn even 1% of the huge amount that he knows."
Part of Italy's World Cup winning squad of 2006, Totti has stayed true to Roma ever since making his debut at the age of 16, loyalty that has earned him reverential status in both the city and the sentimental world of wider football where one-club men are held to a higher, more noble standard than their mercenary peers.
Totti's final game will be on Sunday, 28 May against Genoa at the Stadio Olimpico. He has won two Serie A titles, as well as the Coppa Italia and Supercoppa on two occasions each during his 24 years with Roma.