But First, LET ME TAKE A SELFIE!
Football celebrations are entertaining. Some are memorable, while some turn out to be bizarre and worth forgetting.
Francesco Totti’s ‘selfie’ celebration though, will go down in the history as one of the best celebrations ever.
The AS Roma legend, playing in his 40thDerby della Capitale (The Rome Derby), was the hero for his side, scoring twice, to grant the Giallorossi a 2-2 draw.
After two first half goals from Stefano Mauri and Felipe Anderson in the space of five minutes, Roma’s fight to keep pace with leaders Juventus seemed to have hit a snag , but their iconic captain had other ideas.
Totti pulled one back just after the interval after being teed up by Kevin Strootman, giving Rudi Garcia’s men some hope. His second goal was stupendous, and the celebration that followed; even better.
Greek left-back Jose Holebas sent in a telling cross across the face of the goalkeeper, and the omnipresent Totti, sniffing at the back post, latched onto it with an acrobatic volley thus restoring parity.
The 38-year old ran towards the Curva Sud faithful past two advertising hoardings to acknowledge the fans. Totti then took his phone from Guido Nanni; Roma’s goalkeeping coach, and took a selfie with the fans, sending them roaring.
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He later revealed that the act of “fashion” was pre-planned, at the same time claiming that he likes to keep his private life to himself. Talking to Sky Sports, he said,”I thought about it during the week. There is this fashion for selfies now and I like to keep my private life to myself.
“But this was a unique opportunity that would never be repeated. It was my phone and I asked Guido Nanni to bring it to me if I scored.”
With a brace against their fiercest rivals, Totti became joint all-time top goalscorer in the Rome derby with 11 goals, equaling former striker Dino Da Costa’s tally.
Roma manager Rudi Garcia was full of praise for the Italian. “Totti is a genius and he has shown that once again. He said before the match that this would be his game and he was right.” he said.