Totti's tribute for 'brother' De Rossi

Roma legend Francesco Totti has posted an emotional tribute to the man that succeeded him as club captain, Daniele De Rossi - as the midfielder's departure from the club was confirmed.

On Tuesday it was announced that De Rossi will leave the Giallorossi after an 18-year playing career at the end of the current campaign, as he pursues a new adventure away from the club.

Totti, the only player in club history to make more appearances for Roma than De Rossi's 615 (and counting), posted a heartfelt message to his long-time teammate on Instagram.

Totti's caption read:

"Today is a sad day. Today sees the end of another important chapter in the history of AS Roma - but especially of the city of Rome, our Rome.

"Over the years we have experienced so much together - we grew up together, becoming first men, then footballers, and then fathers too. But we always knew that this moment would arrive eventually.

"I would simply like to say that you will always be my brother on the pitch.

"I wish you the best in everything you go on to do - because I am sure you will do it brilliantly, like everything you have done so far. I love you, Dani."