Please make way~!”
On October 22, security guards’ voices echoed through the arrival lobby of Haneda Airport. Francesco Totti, 47, a former Italian national team soccer player, was jostled in the center of dozens of fans as several police officers looked on.
Totti is a one-club man who played for 25 years for AS Roma, a powerhouse team in the Serie A of the Italian Football League, and is one of Italian soccer’s greatest players, along with Del Piero.
In the ’00-’01 season, he and teammate Hidetoshi Nakata (46) won the Serie A championship. In the 2002 Japan-Korea World Cup, he carried the No. 10 jersey for Italy’s national team, and the team reached the last 16 as an ace. He was known as one of the most handsome men in the world of soccer and was called the “Italian nobleman.
Fans with uniforms in hand were waiting for Totti in the arrival lobby of the airport, and as soon as he came out, the festivities began.
The security guards, who were shouting at the top of their lungs, couldn’t help but smile when they saw Totti’s face, and seemed happy to see him. Totti was saying ‘sorry’ and smiling.
The purpose of his first visit to Japan in 21 years was to talk with Nakata, his close friend, and to hold a fan meeting on the same afternoon. He arrived at the venue in his home country’s super-luxury Ferrari and was once again jostled by fans after the event. Even so, he left the venue without changing a single expression on his face.
Although she looks a little plumper than she did during her working days, she still has a cool demeanor. He was still the “nobleman.