AS Roma is of the most followed club in Italy. The club has a long history and has produced many world-class players. Let us have a look at some of the greatest AS Roma players of all time.
Here are the top 10 greatest AS Roma players of all time –
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10. Di Bartolomei [1972-1984]
Bartolomei was probably the great ever Italian to never been capped by the national team.He played as a midfielder or as a defender, in a sweeper role.Famed for his elegance on the ball and playmaking skills, he is regarded as one of the greatest AS Roma players of all time.
Mesmerised by his control and eye for a pass, Milan tried to sign him as a 13-year-old but he refused to leave his beloved Rome, despite the fact no side from the capital had shown an interest in him.
After Nils Liedholm’s return as coach of A.S. Roma, Di Bartolomei became the team’s undisputed leader, raising to the title of captain and becoming a fan favourite. When he played, it was common to hear the Roma fans sing Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhh, Agostino, Ago, Ago, Ago, Agostino gol!!!
9. Aldair [1990-2003]
Aldair was an elegant and tactically versatile defender,he was capable of playing both as a sweeper, and as a centre back, due to his vision, technical ability, and his passing range. His confidence on the ball and, in particular, his adeptness at long balls enabled him advance into midfield and create chances for team-mates.
He joined Roma from Benfica in 1990 and spent 13 brilliant seasons with the club,playing nearly 400 Serie A matches with the team, and later serving as captain; during his time in Rome, he won the Coppa Italia in 1991, also reaching the UEFA Cup Final that season, and in 2001, he won a Serie A title and the Supercoppa Italiana. Roma retired his number 6 jersey number when he left the team in 2003.The retirement however was not permanent as Keven Strootman was given that jersey number when he joined the club in 2013.
8. Giacomo Losi [1955-1969]
Losi spent his entire professional career with AS Roma,though he was not a native of Rome, he spent 15 seasons in the capital city and was nicknamed “Core de Roma” . In total he made 450 appearances with the giallorossi, a record which lasted for 38 years, until 31 January 2007, when Francesco Totti played his 451st match for the club.
Losi earned his nickname Core de Roma (Heart of Rome) in 1961 when he played on against Sampdoria with the scores level at 2-2, despite being heavily injured. Heroically Losi scored with 10 minutes remaining and Roma won 3-2.
He was inducted in AS Roma Hall of Fame in 2012.
7. Amedeo Amadei [1936-38 ,1939-1948]
A powerful forward, considered to be one of the best Italian strikers of all time,Amadei was known for his prolific goalscoring, acrobatic ability in the air, and precise volleying; due to his importance to Roma throughout his career, he was affectionately known by the fans as the “eighth King of Rome”.
Following his death in 2013, he was one of eleven members to be inducted into the A.S. Roma Hall of Fame.
“He was a true symbol of the team who was recognised and loved by generations of fans,” announced Roma after his passing.Amadei registered 115 goals with Roma before joining FC Internazionale Milano and ending his career at SSC Napoli with a total of 174 Serie A goals. “Roma had no money to keep me,” he said. “However, my contracts with Inter and Napoli allowed me not to play against Roma. They couldn’t ask me to stab my mother.”
6. Daniele De Rossi [2001-2019]
Born and bred in Rome, De Rossi rose through the ranks at Roma, his one and only club. “
My one regret is that I can devote just one career to Roma,” he once said. De Rossi made his professional debut with Roma during the 2001–02 season, and made his Serie A debut the following year; he remained with the side ever since.
De Rossi proved himself so quickly he became known as ‘Capitan futuro’ (future captain) among Roma fans, who predicted the midfielder would inherit the armband after Totti’s retirement.
With the retirement of Totti, he was made the team’s captain until he left the club in 2019.
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5. Paulo Roberto Falcão [1980-1985]
Falcao was described by Liedholm as “the greatest ‘regista’ (deep-lying playmaker) I’ve ever seen”. Falcao joined Roma in 1980 and had to win over doubting fans who knew little about him.
He soon showed himself to be possibly the most complete midfielder in world football during the early 1980s. Falcao was like a general on the field, brilliant tactically and technically, he was nicknamed the ‘Eighth King of Rome’. He won the Scudetto in 1983, while he also excelled for Brazil, playing in their legendary 1982 World Cup team.
4. Roberto Pruzzo [1978-1988]
A prolific goalscorer, who was renowned for his heading ability in the air, Pruzzo was one of the best Italian strikers of his generation, and he is regarded as one of greatest AS Roma players of all time. He was known as a strong and hardworking centre-forward throughout his career, with good technique, and an eye for goal.
With Roma,he became famous as one of the most effective Italian strikers of the 1980s, winning one scudetto during the 1982–83 season, and four Italian Cups in 1980, 1981, 1983, and 1986.
He also won the Serie A top scorer award three times, in 1981, 1982, and 1986, as well as the Coppa Italia top scorer award in 1980. He also scored a goal in the 1984 European Cup Final, when Roma, playing at home, was beaten on penalties by Liverpool.
He was inducted in AS Roma Hall of Fame in 2012.
3. Giuseppe Giannini [1981-1996]
Before Totti, Giannini was regarded was by supporters as the club symbol. Like Totti, this midfielder, turned down the big-money advances of the top teams to stay with his beloved hometown club. He spent the majority of his 16-year playing career with A.S. Roma.
Throughout his career, Giannini was often referred to as “Il Principe” (The Prince), due to his creative ability, elegance, technique, vision, and passing range, which made him an effective playmaker.
In addition to his technical ability and creativity, he was a mobile, versatile, and hard-working player, with notable stamina and tactical awareness, also possessing an accurate shot.
In 1996 Giannini left Roma to play in Austria for Sturm Graz, with whom he spent just half a season before returning to Italy due to homesickness. Before retiring in 1998 Giannini had brief spells with Napoli and Lecce. He was inducted in AS Roma Hall of Fame in 2013.
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2. Bruno Conti [1973-1991]
Conti was among the best players in the world during his prime, and is regarded as one of Italy’s greatest wingers. Despite being left footed, he was capable of playing on either flank, and also in the centre as an attacking midfielder, although he was usually deployed on the right.
Apart from two loan spells at Genoa in his formative years, spent his entire career with Roma. He made over 300 Serie A appearances for the club, winning the Scudetto in 1983.
Born in Nettuno, close to Rome, the young Conti was so skilful that Pelé claimed he was “more Brazilian than all the Brazilian players” during the 1982 World Cup.
Conti once said: “
Roma is my life. You don’t discuss Roma, you just love this club.”He was inducted in AS Roma Hall of Fame in 2012.
1.Francesco Totti [1993-2017]
Totti was a creative offensive playmaker renowned for his vision, technique, and goalscoring ability. He is considered to be one of the greatest Italian players of all time, one of the most talented players of his generation, and Roma’s greatest ever player.
Symbolic Roma hero who made his debut for the club as a 16-year-old way back in 1993. Totti spent his entire career at Roma, winning a Serie A title, two Coppa Italia titles, and two Supercoppa Italiana titles.
He is the top goalscorer and the most capped player in the club’s history. Totti also holds the record for the youngest club captain in the history of Serie A.
Often referred to as Il Bimbo de Oro (The Golden Boy), Il Re di Roma (The King of Rome), Er Pupone (The Big Baby), and Il Gladiatore (The Gladiator) by the Italian sports media, Totti is the second-highest scorer of all time in Italian league history with 250 goals; he also holds the record for the most goals scored in Serie A while playing for a single club.
He announced his retirement in 2017, after spending 24 years with the club. His retirement was a very emotional moment for him and Roma fans.
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