FRANCESCO TOTTI has lifted the lid on enjoying in opposition to former rival Pavel Nedved – insisting he needed “to punch him”.
The Roma legend has claimed he hated enjoying in opposition to the ex-Juventus star, the place he additionally labelled the 2003 Ballon d’Or winner as a “surprising whiner”.
Totti, spoke about Nedved in his autobiography ‘Un Capitano’, and recalled a bunch stage recreation they competed in on the 2006 World Cup.
The 42-year-old’s aspect – who would go on and win the World Cup in Germany – obtained the higher of Czech Republic as they edged out a hard-fought 2-Zero victory.
However Totti – now membership director at beloved Roma – has careworn how Nedved was a nuisance all recreation, however insisted you could not doubt his high quality on the pitch.
He mentioned: “That day Nedved was in irresistible kind, and it pains me to say that, as a result of I by no means may stand him on the pitch.
“He was a surprising whiner. You grazed him and he’d soar for 10 metres. It made you need to punch him and that claims every thing.
“Having mentioned all that, rattling he was good. He was so good and in that recreation much more so, as (Gianluigi) Buffon needed to invent three or 4 prime stage saves to maintain him at bay.
“After repeating that I hated him as a participant, and I confess it’s a sense I by no means disguised, I have to give him credit score for being very nice to me the primary time we met outdoors the Champions League attract Monte Carlo.
“Nedved came to visit to me – and at that second I used to be making my debut on this position of director – and requested me the way it felt to have completed my enjoying profession.”