Where Francesco Totti Ranks Alongside Serie A's 20 Best Forwards

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Where Francesco Totti Ranks Alongside Serie A's 20 Best Forwards
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In the misery that was their 2012/13 season, one moment stood out for AS Roma. A 70th-minute foul on Francesco Totti late in a game in which they were already winning seemed innocuous enough, but every one at the Stadio Olimpico knew history was in the making.

The captain picked himself up and set down the ball on the edge of the area, seeking to beat Parma's Antonio Mirante. The goalkeeper had already denied him on a number of occasions, but Totti would not be denied again.

As his low driven shot settled into the back of the net, the then 36-year-old turned and saluted the supporters who had always championed him. Since he made his first-team debut back in 1992, the Giallorossi faithful had backed him reverently, recognising he was one of them, a Roma fan representing the team on the field.

Never truly close to leaving his home-town side, Totti has been criticised more than almost any other player by those outside the capital, but where does he rank among the all-time greats? That free kick against Parma made him the second-highest goalscorer in Serie A history, staking an undeniable claim among the very best.

Over the following pages are those 20 best strikers to ever grace the Italian top flight, ranked in order of both goals and impact upon Serie A.

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