Francesco Totti has finally confirmed he will not seek to extend his extraordinary playing career and will instead take up an off-the-field role at Roma.
Totti had been given the chance to play on, with Tokyo Verdy in Japan's second tier among the clubs to make offers to the 40-year-old midfielder.
But Totti - who made 786 appearances for Roma in all competitions, scoring 307 goals, and won the Serie A title in 2000-01 - will now become a director at the Stadio Olimpico.
"The first part is over, that of a player, and now begins another important assignment as a director, where hopefully I can have a similar impact as I did on the pitch," Totti told Roma TV.
"I start at the beginning, now goes a new phase and a new adventure. I have had this time to think about things, to reflect and truly decide that I am ready to continue serving this team, day after day, with calmness and confidence, to learn the role and add something new above all.
"I will try to be available in 360 degrees, from the youth sector to the president [Jim Pallotta]. Then it is normal that it will take a while - six months, a year, two years, I don't know - to truly find my real and best role.
"I am looking forward to something bright, something beautiful: finding my perfect role, doing what I can to help make a great squad and a brilliant club.
"When you change your role, you always need to take a while to get to know better the situation you are walking into - but I am fortunate enough to already know very well the atmosphere around the club and the city. The doubts are only about what exactly I want to do to achieve something great.
"At this moment the details are not precise, I don't want to have a specific role - I want to be everything and nothing. I want to be an important person for Roma, and Roma really understand that's what I want to do."
— AS Roma English (@ASRomaEN) July 17, 2017
Although Totti does not yet have an official job title in his new role, he is keen to work alongside Roma's new head coach Eusebio Di Francesco, sporting director Monchi and president Pallotta.
"I spoke with sporting director Monchi, we had a great chat and took the time to get to know each other better," Totti added. "I also talked with Pallotta, especially about small things that were not clear from discussions in previous years.
"But we made everything clear, we talked calmly and afterwards we were both happy with our conversations. Now we want to do what we can to take this team as high as possible.
"I have long had a great relationship with [Di Francesco]. I also saw him a lot when he was not the Roma coach. He's a great person, a top man and I am sure he will bring a lot to this team."
|Bayern lacked verve, says Heynckes|
|Di Maria wants more game time at PSG after goalscoring display|
|Gattuso: Donnarumma shaken by abuse from AC Milan fans|
|Pellegrino calls for Southampton reaction|
|Benitez ´needs to know´ extent of Newcastle´s transfer budget|
|Zidane will not request striker signing despite Benzema blanks|
|Bournemouth excellent in Old Trafford loss – Howe|
|Wilshere´s performance ´very positive´, says Wenger|
|Pochettino challenges Spurs to keep top-four berth|
|I´d be in Brazil if the title race was over – Mourinho|
|It was hard to watch - Clement wowed by City´s dominance of Swansea|
|Bailly may require surgery on ´serious´ ankle injury|
|Klopp uncertain on Solanke´s disallowed goal|
|Guardiola sure record-breaking City won´t get complacent|
|Puel focuses on Leicester win, not Southampton revenge|
|Strasbourg 2 Paris Saint-Germain 4: Revenge is sweet for Emery´s men|
|Tottenham 2 Brighton and Hove Albion 0: Aurier scores a fluke as Spurs go fourth|
|West Ham 0 Arsenal 0: Wasteful Gunners drop points for third game in a row|
|Liverpool 0 West Brom 0: More frustration for Klopp as hosts draw again|
|Manchester United 1 Bournemouth 0: Lukaku eases scoring concerns after derby day woes|
|AC Milan 3 Verona 0: Bonaventura shines as Gattuso´s side march on|
|Newcastle United 0 Everton 1: Rooney haunts Magpies again|
|Manchester City set new Premier League winning streak|
|Swansea City 0 Manchester City 4: Silva sparkles as Guardiola´s record-breakers march on|
|Southampton 1 Leicester City 4: Puel serves up Saints revenge|
|Bayern Munich 1 Cologne 0: Lewandowski opens nine-point gap in Bundesliga|
|Mourinho slams Manchester derby penalty decision in programme notes|
|This is my last season at Monaco – Fabinho|
|Bale: Football would be better without VAR|
|Thought Mayweather v McGregor was 2017´s biggest sporting event? Think again!|
|Manchester United´s Gomes pens professional contract|
|Al Jazira 1 Real Madrid 2: Bale spares Spanish blushes at Club World Cup|
|Ronaldo takes goalscoring record from Messi|
|Al Jazira stun Real Madrid to take half-time lead in Club World Cup|
|Neymar returns to PSG after break|
|Iniesta would welcome Barca pursuit of Coutinho|
|FA extends deadline for Manchester clubs to respond over alleged derby fracas|
|Dybala clever enough to listen to Nedved - Buffon|
|Willian not ready to walk out on Chelsea|
|Arsenal striker Lacazette not counting on title miracle|
|World Cup glory worth €350,000 to Germany stars|
|I live day by day - Buffon ponders Euro 2020|
|West Ham eyeing Wilshere swoop in January|
|Klopp reveals hamstring scare for Liverpool star Salah|
|FFA refuses to speculate on Scolari amid Socceroos interest|
|Ronaldo hoping to play with Benzema and Bale again|
|Mourinho takes aim at reporters as Man United boss leaves news conference|
|´Bull****´ to suggest Chelsea can catch Man City – Conte|
|Pordenone would´ve deserved Coppa Italia progression, admits Spalletti|
|Man City haven´t won anything yet – Gundogan|
|Willian: Chelsea will keep fighting for Premier League title|
|Burnley aren´t the real deal – Dyche|
|Stoger wants to bring best out of BVB after breakthrough victory|
|Conte praises contribution of Hazard, Willian and Pedro|
|Inter 0 Pordenone 0 (AET, 5-4 on penalties): Nagatomo spares Serie A leaders´ blushes|
|Hodgson keeping Palace grounded despite dramatic late win|
|Zouma injury led to Turf Moor defeat – Hughes|
|Guardiola steers carefully around Mourinho criticism after United v City flashpoint|
|Guardiola considering January signings to bolster Manchester City squad|
|Crystal Palace 2 Watford 1: Sako, McArthur stun Hornets|
|Huddersfield Town 1 Chelsea 3: Willian sparkles as Conte´s side return to winning ways|
|Burnley 1 Stoke City 0: Hosts go fourth after late Barnes winner|
|PSG escape punishment as LFP gives Lille transfer ban|
|Mainz 0 Borussia Dortmund 2: Stoger´s tenure begins with much-needed victory|
|Ten Cate: Al Jazira will park three buses against Real Madrid|
|Gremio 1 Pachuca 0 (after extra time): Everton stunner sends Brazilians into final|
|Zidane focused on Club World Cup despite looming Clasico|
|Ibrahimovic brands Guardiola ´immature´ over Barcelona row|
|Pogba has no regrets over rejecting Real Madrid|
|Gattuso denies contract rift with AC Milan goalkeeper Donnarumma|
|Pochettino: Alderweireld out until February|
|Wydad Casablanca 2 Urawa Red Diamonds 3: Marvellous Mauricio double proves decisive|
|Cardona given five-match ban for ´discriminatory´ gesture against South Korea|
|James still settling at Bayern, says Heynckes|
|Manchester City captain Kompany out for ´a short time´|
|Klopp: Liverpool need Lallana ahead of busy period|
|It was diversity in education – Mourinho addresses derby fracas|
|I encourage City to celebrate - Guardiola defends players after Old Trafford controversy|
|I´m no actor – No regrets for Klopp over heated interview|
|Everton were like United at Liverpool - Allardyce defends Anfield approach|
|Paulo Bento hired as Chongqing Lifan head coach|
|Ramsey hamstring injury ´not a big one´|
|Watford´s Zeegelaar gets three-match ban as appeal is rejected|
|Matthaus raves about Spurs star Kane|
|´Several clubs´ discussing Arda move as Barca exit nears|
|No ultimatum as Arsenal´s Ozil and Sanchez talks rumble on|
|Su-Mourinho? Wenger offers advice to City and United|
|Bayern planning ´serious talks´ with Robben, Ribery|
|Pereira replaces Villas-Boas at Shanghai SIPG|
|Van Gaal rejected Leverkusen to hold out for a ´big club´|
|Inzaghi and Lazio left feeling ´defrauded´ after Torino defeat|
|Man United more boring under Mourinho, claims Van Gaal|
|Zidane: Real Madrid want to win Club World Cup|
|Morata ruled out of Huddersfield trip due to ´impossible´ workload|