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Totti as the Unsuspecting Goal-Scorer
World Soccer, October 23rd, 2007 4:15PM

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World Soccer has an interview with Roma captain Francesco Totti, one of a rare breed of loyal players who's spent his entire career playing for the club he grew up supporting. Even at 31, Totti continues to play some of the best soccer of his 14-year career, looking to follow up on last year's Golden Shoe award, which is given to the European player who scores the most league goals.

In the interview, Totti admits that the Golden Shoe is an award he never thought he would win. He describes himself as a typical No. 10, " more the person to set up goals than to score them." However, under Coach Luciano Spalletti, Roma plays system that completely revolves around Totti as the center forward (a converted 4-5-1, or 4-2-3-1), depending on him to hold up the ball and create chances for the three midfielders just behind him, in addition to scoring goals.

Because he is more of a playmaker, Totti says that David Trezeguet of Juventus and Luca Toni of Bayern Munich have a better chance to win the Golden Shoe this year, "but I will give it a try, too," he adds. Totti is equally philosophical about Roma's chances of lifting either the Scudetto or the UEFA Champions League, pointing to Inter's squad of 40 quality players as giving it an advantage in Serie A. As for the Champions League: "Of course, I dream of winning the Champions League," he said, "but every year the same teams are the favorites."

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