Zeman pays tribute AS Roma legend

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Former Roma head coach Zdenek Zeman claims Francesco Totti is the best player he has ever worked with during his managerial career.

The 70-year-old, who is currently with relegated Pescara, spent two separate spells at the Stadio Olimpico, and has now paid tribute to Totti as he prepares for his final game before retiring from the game.

After making his debut for the Giallorossi in 1992, the 40-year-old forward has gone on to feature 784 times for the Italian club – scoring 306 goals and registering 123 assists.

Totti will receive his final send-off when Luciano Spalletti's side play the final game of the season against Genoa on Sunday.

"He is the best player I have ever had the fortune to coach during my career," Zeman told Football Italia. "I have been lucky enough to coach many great players.

"Some became world champions, but Totti as a player has something more compared to the others. It's not a question of goals or assists for team-mates. It's the technique and vision for the game that is superior to anyone else."

Zeman went onto to state that he felt the former Italy international still has the ability to play in the top flight for one more season, but conceded he would never play for another club.

"Francesco could play for another year but I won't ask him to come to Pescara. He belongs to Roma. I still can't imagine football without him," the Czech added.