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Totti receives lifetime achievement prize at Gazzetta Awards

Francesco Totti was the inaugural recipient of the 'Legend of Sport' award at the annual Gazzetta Sports Awards on Tuesday evening.

The 40-year-old, who retired in the summer after an unparalleled 25-year playing career with his boyhood club, was recognised for his remarkable achievements at a ceremony in Milan.

"'Legend' is a big word, but I am very happy to receive the first of these," Totti, who is now a director at the club, said.

"Would I still like to be pulling on my boots? Sometimes when I'm watching a game there are moments, but without me the guys are doing very well; with the coach, with the players.

"It has been the end of one career [this year], but also the start of another."

Totti was asked if, after winning a title as a player, he hoped to soon win one as a director.

"I would gladly accept that outcome - I hope we can do it," Totti said, before praising new coach Eusebio Di Francesco.

"I knew his work as a coach, but I didn't think he was this good and also had such room for improvement," he noted.

"He is prepared, focused, assured: he is on the right path to becoming a great coach."

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