A photo of a giant Francesco Totti banner hanging over a bridge in Indonesia went viral on social media on Saturday night.
The banner which read, ‘WE’LL MISS TOTTIGOAL. PLEASE STAY LONGER’, was hung on Margonda Bridge in Depok, West Java – over 10,000km from Rome.
The Roma supporters behind the initiative, Brigata Fedram e' Roma Club Depok, contacted asroma.com and explained their motivation for the banner.
"We felt we had to do something,” a spokesperson for Brigata Fedram revealed. “We are following the culture of fans in Rome who often do the same thing on the Colosseum underpass. We chose Margonda Bridge because the location is so strategic to send the message."
Since the banner was displayed on Saturday night, football fans in Depok have been taking selfies in front of it and posting them on social media.
In an email to asroma.com, the group stated:
“For us, Totti means everything. We want to show how much we love him. We realise that we're too far from Roma. We can't see him live in the stadium and we don't know how to show our feelings to Totti. We want Totti to see our deepest feeling so we make this banner to show him.
“We’re really happy that you have posted our banner on social media because Roma Club Indonesia Depok and Brigata Fedram is only a small regional club in Indonesia. We don't have as many members as some of the other regional fan clubs but our spirit to support Roma and Totti can't be in doubt. We just hope that Totti will see this. Please send this message for Totti...”
We would to say thank you for everything that you have done in Roma.
We've grown up with you. Some of us have been watching you from the first time you played football and some of us weren’t born when you started playing.
For 25 years, our weekend is like dating time with you. You taught us about loyalty, about loving Roma without any reason. Football is not about money, but about passion, love and loyalty. That's why we never look at any player except you. Just you. The one and the only one captain in our heart.
Honestly we’re not ready to see you retire from football because for us, you're everything. Our everlasting captain. We won't replace you with another captain.
We just have you! Only you! And always you! But we know that we or you can't win against time.
THANK YOU FOR EVERYTHING THAT YOU HAVE DONE AT ROMA.
WE WILL ALWAYS BE WAITING YOU TO COME BACK TO INDONESIA 😊.
From your beloved and far fans,
Brigata Fedram e' Roma Club Depok 🐺.
Margonda Depok Overpass, West Java, Indonesia