Francesco Totti, already a living legend at Roma, reached the staggering milestone after converting from the penalty spot during his side’s surprise defeat to Torino.
This consolation goal scored meant the 39-year-old has now bagged a total of 250 goals in Serie A since his debut against Brescia back in 1993.
In the spirit of celebration, Sport360 highlights Totti’s top 10 career-defining strikes for the Rome giants.
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10. ROMA 5 – 1 CESENA (2011/12)
The list kicks off with Totti’s goal against Cesena as the Italian carefully controls the ball, backheeled by Lamela, and blasts it past the goalkeeper before taking a deflection from the defender.
9. ROMA 2 – 2 LAZIO (2014/15)
Scoring in a derby has almost become a yearly chore for Totti, who salvaged a hard-earned draw against the Biancocelesti with his acrobatic stretch. However, fans will remember the Roman animatedly gesticulating towards the coaching staff for a mobile phone. What later ensued was Totti highlighting his trend savvy side, seasons after a similar jubilation with the sideline cameras.
8. ROMA 3 – 1 PARMA (2000/01)
In their 89-year history, the red side of the capital has only held the trophy aloft once. Their third and most recent time being in 2001, when goals from Vincenzo Montella, Gabriel Batistuta and of course, Totti, saw Roma eclipse rivals Juventus in a stress-inducing final matchday.
7. ROMA 2 – 1 UDINESE (2000/01)
Following their five-match unbeaten run, the home side hosted Udinese. Argentine great Batistuta first handed Roma the lead in the 30th minute before Cafu sent in a cross with the talisman’s name on it as he lurked unmarked ready to register his name on the scoresheet.
6. ROMA 1 – 0 JUVENTUS (2012-13)
The resurgence of Juventus’ unrivalled domination in Italy began in the 2011/12 season. The team hailing from Turin ended the season triumphant while Roma sat 25 points behind in sixth position. Despite this, Roma were one of five sides able to defeat Juventus that term, with a thunderbolt Totti shot doing the damage.
5. BOLOGNA 0 – 4 ROMA (2003/04)
During this season Roma hadn’t lost a single fixture before Andriy Shevchenko’s double helped would-be champions AC Milan earn a hard-fought victory at the Stadio Olimpico. Roma, runner-ups that year, dismantled Bologna – courtesy of some help from this Totti jewel.
4. ROMA 3 – 3 INTER (2004/05)
The fixture between the Nerazzurri has yield one of the most goal-laden games Serie A aficionados had the pleasure of witnessing. While Inter seemingly looked unstoppable with an in-form Adriano on their side, Totti resolved the precarious matter with a long-ranged precise effort from a free-kick before Daniele De Rossi restored parity.
3. LAZIO 1 – 5 ROMA (2001/02)
Perhaps the proudest goal in the 39-year-old’s career came during the 5-1 trouncing of Lazio. With the result evidently ending with the Giallorossi as the victors, Totti attempted an impudent chip to add salt to the wounds before revealing a touching message inscribed on his vest for his missus – roughly translated: ‘You’re my one and only’.
2. SAMPDORIA 1 – 4 ROMA (2006/07)
Enter a nearby coffee shop in boisterous Rome and pose the simple question: “What’s the best goal Totti has ever scored?” Don’t be surprised if the locals retell the moment where Marco Cassetti picks up a tame ball before launching an equally gentle lob destined for Totti who is no position to have a crack at goal alla Van Basten. But the result remained the same!
1. INTER 2 – 3 ROMA (2005/06)
While the other netted efforts certainly deserve praise, the number spot one is reserved for the time when Roma’s captain had the entire iconic San Siro crowd leap to their feet for applause. Receiving the ball after misplays from Inter’s midfield, Totti controls, evades two men and sends Marco Materazzi sliding into disarray with his sublime chip that Julio Cesar’s fingertips failed to graze.