Totti overtakes Baggio goal tally

Updated: 02 May 2011 10:20 IST

Roma captain Francesco Totti moved up to fifth on the all-time Serie A scoring chart with two goals in Sunday's dramatic 3-2 win at Bari. His 205th and 206th strikes took him past Italy legend Roberto Baggio in the scoring list and Totti has no intention of stopping now.

Totti overtakes Baggio goal tally

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Roma captain Francesco Totti moved up to fifth on the all-time Serie A scoring chart with two goals in Sunday's dramatic 3-2 win at Bari.


His 205th and 206th strikes took him past Italy legend Roberto Baggio in the scoring list and Totti has no intention of stopping now.

"The King of Rome is not dead and he will never die," he told Sky Sport.

"I know what I can give. I'm happy that I've set another record and taken another scalp, a great player like Baggio. I hope to keep going at this level."

Totti smashed home a free-kick past a poorly positioned wall on the half hour mark and then slotted home a penalty on 57 minutes, equalising on both occasions.

And it could have been even better for the 34-year-old who missed out on a hat-trick when he crashed a 79th minute penalty against a post.

However, his day wasn't to be spoiled as Aleandro Rosi bundled home a winner five minutes into injury time to give Roma the three points.

It also moved them to within a point of city rivals Lazio in the fourth and final Champions League qualifying place, although the Biancoceleste can extend that lead if they beat Juventus on Monday.

Totti's 206th goal, which moved him one above the Divine Ponytail (Baggio) also saw him extend his lead as the highest scorer currently active over Juve's Alessandro Del Piero, joint ninth on 184.

The all-time scoring record is held by Silvio Piola, who scored 274 goals for Pro Vercelli, Lazio, Juventus and Novara.

Then comes Swede Gunnar Nordahl (225 goals for AC Milan and Roma), Giuseppe Meazza (216 for Inter, Milan and Juve) and the Italo-Brazilian Jose Altafini (216 for Milan, Napoli and Juve).

Roma's emblematic striker is a one-club man, having spent 18 years in the yellow and red shirt.

He made his debut as a 16-year-old in the 2-0 win away to Brescia on March 28, 1993 and scored his first goal the following season in a 1-1 draw against Foggia on September 24, 1994.

He went on to win the Serie A title with the club in 2000/01 alongside Gabriel Batistuta under the stewardship of Fabio Capello.

He has also lifted the Italian Cup twice but has had many near misses as Roma have finished runners-up in the league six times and four times in the Cup during his career.

However, he was twice named Serie A player of the year and five times Italian player of the year while he won the World Cup with Italy in 2006.

He's scored 14 goals this season and is the club's top goal-scorer and joint sixth in the league.



Topics : Football Italy Roma Bologna Francesco Totti
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