Ahead of 40-year-old Italy icon’s last game for boyhood club, we take a look back at how world has changed since he made bow
THE curtain will come down on Francesco Totti’s incredible 25-year career at Roma.
An icon in his home city, around 70,000 fans are expected in attendance for his final match against Genoa — and their average has been 40,000.
Totti made his debut as a 16-year-old on March 28, 1993 against Brescia — with the likes of Gheorghe Hagi and Claudio Caniggia on the pitch — and is still at the club past his 40th birthday.
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How much has the world changed in the last quarter of a century?
Here, we take a look back.
In football, less than a year before the Italy legend made his bow, there had been a major rule change which stipulated goalkeepers could no longer pick the ball up after receiving a pass direct from one of their own players.
Barcelona were reigning European champions for the FIRST time in their history in the final edition before the introduction of the Champions League.
A solitary Ronald Koeman strike was enough to see off Sampdoria at Wembley.
Just one week before Totti’s debut AC Milan’s incredible 58-match unbeaten run had come to an end when Faustino Asprilla scored the only goal of the game for Parma.
Their last Serie A defeat had come at the hands of Bari on May 19, 1991.
Milan had been back-to-back title winners, and Marco van Basten was the reigning Ballon d’Or holder, becoming the third man to win it three times.
Totti was starting off in a Roma side, which was far from the best, finishing the season in lowly tenth.
Over in England, Leeds were English champions, having won the final edition of the old First Division — with the Premier League just seven months old.
Crystal Palace striker, Ian Wright, had finished the previous season as top goal scorer.
The FA Cup semi-final draw had thrown up two massive derbies, with Sheffield Wednesday facing Sheffield United and Arsenal and Tottenham going head-to-head.
Away from football, USA’s Jim Courier was the No.1 ranked tennis player, while Andre Agassi was the reigning Wimbledon champion.
Yugoslavia’s Monica Seles was the best woman in the world, but had lost to Steffi Graf in the 1992 Wimbledon final.
In boxing, Lennox Lewis was the WBC heavyweight champion, while, in Formula One, Nigel Mansell had been the circuit No.1.
Away from sport, John Major was UK Prime Minister, while Bill Clinton had been elected the 42 US President just two months earlier.
Pope John Paul II was 15 years into his 27-year reign as the head of Catholicism.
Clint Eastwood’s classic Western, Unforgiven, would win Best Picture at the Oscars the day after Totti’s first appearance — and ‘Oh Carolina’ by Shaggy was UK No.1.
There was had been tragedy in 1992 as a bomb outside the World Trade Centre in New York killed six people, while 1,215 people died as a ferry sunk outside Haiti.