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World Football: 2010 Golden Foot Award Goes to Italian Legend Francesco Totti

Ivan SoldoCorrespondent IIOctober 12, 2010

The Golden Foot award is an international football award given to players who stand out for their athletic achievements and for their personality. The award is only given to active players of at least 29 years of age, and it can only be won once. Out of this list, the winner is selected by an online poll, where anyone can vote.

It all began seven years ago. In 2003, the Golden Foot award went to Italian master Roberto Baggio.

These are the past winners:

2003: Roberto Baggio (Italy)

2004: Pavel Nedved (Czech Republic)

2005: Andriy Schevchenko (Ukraine)

2006: Ronaldo (Brazil)

2007: Alessandro Del Piero (Italy)

2008: Roberto Carlos (Brazil)

2009: Ronaldinho (Brazil)

2010: Francesco Totti (Italy)

The winner of the award leaves a permanent mould of his footprints on "The Champions Promenade," on the seafront of the Principality of Monaco.

Nominees for 2010 were: David Beckham, Gianluigi Buffon, Didier Drogba, Samuel Eto'o, Steven Gerrard, Ryan Giggs, Raul, Carles Puyol, Clarence Seedorf and Francesco Totti.

This year the award went to Rome prince Francesco Totti.

Francesco Totti, despite the sometimes unbridled Roman temperament, definitely deserves to be considered as one of the greatest football players in history of football.

Totti was born on Sept. 27, 1976, in Rome. His nickname is "Imperatore di Roma." He is a symbol of Rome and football club Roma, which number 10 has worn since 1989! With Rome, he didn't win any major trophies except Scudetto in 2001 under Fabio Capello's command. In 2006 during the World Cup in Germany, he helped Italy to win the title.

For now, he scored 192 goals in Roma which makes him the best goalscorer in Roma history. He is also the sixth place goalscorer in Serie A history.

Francesco Totti—fantasist and striker, football virtuoso and goal scorer, definitely one of the greatest footballers of his generation. The Golden Foot Award definitely went to the right hands.

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