Brisbane Roar are pursuing their own Italian superstar – Francesco Totti – after witnessing the impact of Alessandro Del Piero at Sydney FC.
Alessandro Del Piero’s stunning A-League impact has prompted two-time champions Brisbane Roar to pursue their own Italian superstar – Francesco Totti.
After witnessing the boost Juventus legend Del Piero has provided since joining Sydney FC in 2012, Roar vice-chairman Chris Fong is hoping to sign 37-year-old World Cup winner Totti as a marquee player as early as next season.
The man who broke Socceroos’ hearts with his 2006 World Cup second round penalty is off contract at Serie A club AS Roma in June 2016.
And the odds are against a transfer considering Totti’s huge popularity at the Italian club.
However, Fong hoped Del Piero’s A-League move had made Totti sit up and take notice.
“It would be great for Brisbane Roar if we could sign a great champion like Totti,” he told Italian newspaper Corriere dello Sport.
“He is an incredible player and everybody knows him.
“Del Piero has become an icon at Sydney and Francesco could achieve the same at us.
“He is already a legend and he will be received like a king in Australia.
“The A-League is on the rise ever since the arrival of Del Piero.
“I know what Totti means to Roma, but you never know what will happen in football.”
Totti has spent his entire career at Roma, making a record 551 appearances and scoring 232 goals since his 1992 debut.
He helped Roma to the 2000-01 Serie A title and two Coppa Italia triumphs (2007 and 2008).
Totti has also played 58 times for Italy but is best known Down Under for his controversial penalty that knocked Australia out of the 2006 World Cup.
A-League ladder leaders Brisbane host Perth Glory on Sunday at Suncorp Stadium.