Francesco Totti beats Roberto Baggio’s Serie A goal tally
Roma captain's brace against Bari moves him up to fifth in the all-time Serie A goalscoring chart
Roma captain Francesco Totti moved up to fifth on the all-time Serie A goalscoring chart with two goals in Sunday’s dramatic 3-2 victory at Bari on Sunday.
The 34-year-old forward’s 205th and 206th strikes took him past Italy legend Roberto Baggio on the list, and Totti has vowed to continue at the top level.
“The King of Rome is not dead and he will never die,” he told Sky Sport Italia. “I know what I can give. I’m happy that I’ve set another record and taken another scalp, a great player like Baggio. I hope to keep going at this level.”
Totti equalised twice for his side before Aleandro Rosi scored the winner in stoppage time to seal a crucial win which moves Roma to within a point of derby rivals Lazio in the fourth Champions League place.
“We turned the match around with brute force, strong wills and determination to win,” continued the Roma captain.
“If we weren’t going to take all three points, it wouldn’t have done us any good, but we managed to continue our chase for a Champions League place.
“There are three matches left before the end of the championship and we’ll be aiming to win all three. Up until two weeks ago they had given us up for dead, but today we’re only one point adrift of fourth place. Anything can happen.”
Totti designed a t-shirt reading ‘the King of Rome is not dead’ to celebrate his goalscoring feat.
“These words were spoken by an English commentator during the derby last March, when I scored twice against Lazio,” Totti explained.
“And I must say that I immediately liked it, because it’s true, I never die. On the back there’s a photo of me celebrating a goal, as I always do with my thumb in my mouth and, on the front, there’s a picture of the Colloseum, the symbol of our beautiful city.”
Serie A all-time top goalscorers
1) Silvio Piola, 274 goals
2) Gunnar Nordahl, 225 goals
3) Giuseppe Meazza, 216 goals
= 3) Jose Altafini, 216 goals
5) Francesco Totti, 206 goals