Rome, (Italy) - Evergreen AS Roma legend Francesco Totti turns 40 on Tuesday.
Despite his age, the former Italy forward continues to serve up sumptuous performances and he notched his 250th Serie A goal in his side's 3-1 defeat at Torino on Sunday.
In total, the 2006 World Cup winner has scored 305 goals in 762 appearance in all competitions for Roma, plus nine goals for the national team. The born-and-bred Roman has only ever played for the team he supported as a child.
On Monday he tried to smooth over a row that erupted when his wife, TV presenter Ilary Blasi, blasted the club's coach Luciano Spalletti as a "little man".
Spalletti has come under heavy fire from Roma fans for giving limited playing time to Totti.
"Ilary's words show me even more that a woman who loves you absorbs the difficulties of her husband," he said.
"But today I want to stress that there is total harmony with (Chairman James) Pallotta and with Spalletti.
"I have great respect for the coach and an honest relationship with the chairman.
"We are lined up for the same objective - the good of Roma".
Totti is set to celebrate with a big party at the Rome castle where he had his wedding reception in 2005. Spalletti is among those who are set to attend. (Ansa)