Tennis superstar Roger Federer is one of the recognized athletes in the world. Needless to say, Swiss Maestro is best known for kindness, respecting others and a good sense of humour. However, the Italian football legend Francesco Totti admits that he sees himself a lot in the 20-time Grand Slam champion.
“I Do Not Speak English, He(Roger) Doesn’t Speak Italian”: Francesco Totti
Francesco Totti, who exclusively played for the Roma football club and the Italian national football team, is primarily known as an attacking midfielder or second striker but could also play as a lone striker or winger.
The 44-years-old from Rome is often referred to as the Golden Boy, the eighth king of Rome and several names by the Italian sports media while he is considered one of the greatest Italian players of all time.
“Roger is tennis. We sometimes text each other. I do not speak English, he doesn’t speak Italian, but a translator makes it easier,” Totti stated in a recent interview.
“He(Federer) Is A Normal Guy”, says Totti
Following his retirement in 2017, Italian has received several awards. For his services to Roma and Italy, Francesco Totti especially claimed the Academy Exceptional Achievement Award at the Laureus World Sports Awards ceremony in 2018, when Roger Federer picked up the Sportsman of the Year and Comeback of the Year awards in the same stage.
Having an intention to strengthen their friendship, both legends took a selfie after accepting awards as well.
Totti continued, “He is a friend of mine, one day I will play padel against him. He is a normal guy. I see myself a lot in him”.
However, the 39-years-old from Basel went back to training after the conclusion of his comeback campaign at the Qatar Open 2021. Notably, Federer withdrew from the ongoing Dubai Tennis Championships, where he is an eight-time title winner.