Roma legend Francesco Totti turns 40 on Tuesday (September 27). One of the first to congratulate him was Lionel Messi, who published a message on social media.
Il Gladiatore's amazing longevity wasn't lost on Lionel Messi, who went out of his way to record a very special video tribute for the Roma legend on his big day.
“Hola Francesco, before anything I want to say Happy Birthday and I hope you have a great day,” the Argentine international said. “I’ve always admired you, even more since I met you.
“I wish you all the best and I hope to see you playing for two more years yet. A big hug.”
It’s not the first time Messi’s admiration for Totti has been on show. After the 2015 Joan Gamper, the two posed for a photo and Messi shared it with the caption: “A GREAT!!! What a phenomenon.”