Not only Man City, giants like Real or Man Utd have all contacted De Rossi. But he remained faithful in Rome, to bear the irony nickname: Capitan Futuro (Captain of the Future).
De Rossi is a born leader. On March 15, 2006, De Rossi first wore the captain’s armband against Middlesbrough in the UEFA Cup at the age of 22. At the national team level, the midfielder was even trusted by coach Marcello Lippi earlier when choosing him as captain in a friendly against Iceland in March 2005, despite the older players in the squad. more like Marco Materazzy or Luca Toni.
After De Rossi announced his retirement, former teammate El Shaarawy thanked him by posting a video of the Roma dressing room in the last match he wore the captain’s armband. De Rossi went around the players, shouting and receiving a response from his team-mates: “What are we running for? Roma! What are we fighting for? Roma! What are we ready to die for? Roma ! GO TO ROMA! “.
Even without understanding Italian, viewers can still bumps at De Rossi’s charisma. It is no coincidence that one of the best matches in AS Roma history until De Rossi is the leader on the field.
In the quarter-final second leg of the Champions League for the 2017-18 season, Roma’s chances of going forward were extremely fragile after being beaten 4-1 by Barcelona in the first leg. But De Rossi and his teammates made a magnificent comeback when defeating the Catalan giant 3-0, with the captain directly scoring the goal to make the score 2-0.
Possessing such a leader, but for nearly two decades in Roma, De Rossi still accepted the double role for Totti. The 1976-born man has worn the captain’s armband since 1998 and all understand the captain’s armband will only change when Totti retires. De Rossi’s “Capitan Futuro” nickname lasted for many years as the day Totti retired from the pitch remained in the future.