A goodwill ambassador for UNICEF, Totti published two self-effacing joke books in order to raise money for a children’s charity. They were bestsellers for many months. Some of the jokes were filmed into short clips that were acted out by Totti ,himself, along with some of his teammates like Alessandro Del Piero, Gianluigi Buffon, Damiano Tommasi, Alessandro Nesta and Antonio Cassano.
Totti’s idol player in his childhood was ex-Roma captain Giuseppe Giannini, whom he considers as his elder brother: he always wished to just shake hands with Giannini, and was one of his biggest fans. Several years after, Totti himself had the opportunity to play alongside Giannini on the pitch in the AS Roma kit.
Totti is famous for his chipping technique, called in Italian il cucchiaio (in English, “spoon” or in his Roman dialect (Romanesco), “er cucchiaio”). He has scored many beautiful goals using this technique. His famous early goals using this technique was in a shoot-out against Netherlands in the Euro 2000 semi-final when he scored against Netherlands keeper Edwin van der Sar, he also scored a second famous goal two years later against Lazio in the derby, which ended 5-1 to A.S. Roma. At the time, they played their best football. Consequently, his autobiography is entitled “Mo Je Faccio Er Cucchiaio”, which is Roman dialect (Romanesco) for “Now I’m going to do the Chip Shot”.
He was named in the FIFA 100, a list of the 125 greatest living footballers selected by PelÃƒÂ© as a part of FIFA’s centenary celebrations in March 2004.