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Francesco Totti: “Messi is the #1, But Don’t Tell Cristiano”

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The Italian legend said this at an event

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AS Roma legend Francesco Totti was at the International Sports Conference in Dubai, where he spoke on the best players in the world.

“Football has changed deeply between my era and now,” he began. “I prefer romantic football from yesteryear, now everything is a matter of business.”

“There are players like Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar,” he said, “but Neymar is an example of this exaggerated price.”

Totti started discussing Neymar’s record-breaking transfer from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain. “It’s too much to pay 250 million euro for a player,” he said, though the fee was actually closer to 222 million euro. “This is beyond what’s real.”

He finished his discussion on the world's top players by saying "Lionel Messi is the number one, but don't tell that to Cristiano."