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Totti: "My only regret is not getting to play with Ronaldo"

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Totti: "My only regret is not getting to play with Ronaldo"

Ronaldo Nazario persigue a Totti en un Inter-Roma de la temporada 1998-1999 de la Serie A.

STEFANO RELLANDINI

REUTERS

The former Roma and Italy forward looked back over his career and expressed his disappointment that the 'Azzurra' won't be at 2018 World Cup Russia.

Even footballing legends have their regrets. Roma idol Francesco Totti hung his boots up last summer after defending the giallorosso colours for a quarter of a century. But there was a tinge of sadness for Totti for not having got to play alongside one of the geniuses of modern game.

Ronaldo would have scored more goals with me - Totti

"I've always said it - the only thing I regret about my career was not having got to play with Ronaldo [Nazário]. That would have been a dream for both of us. He scored a lot of goals but with me playing just behind him, I'm sure he would have scored a lot more", Totti explained today in an interview with Corriere della Sera. He was on the opposite side to Ronaldo on seven occasions - of of those at club level: there were four meetings with Ronaldo when he was at Inter, two after he joined Real Madrid and one during his year-long stint at AC Milan. Totti only managed to beat El Fenómeno once: when Roma scored a 0-1 away win against Real Madrid in the Champions League group stage in October 2002 - and he hit the only goal of that game.

Totti also spoke about Italy's absence from the next World Cup in Russia, ahead of tomorrow's draw in Moscow: "It pains me a lot that Italy won't be there. Like every other Italian, I never thought for a second that we might not get through the qualifying rounds. It was a big shock to the world of football. Watching the World Cup on television is going to be very strange".

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