Cape Town - Roma legend Francesco Totti says a tweet from Manchester City’s official twitter account helped inspire him to add another entry to his long list of achievements.
The AS Roma captain won the World Cup with Italy in 2006 and is considered to be one of the greatest players of his generation, but had never scored in England until Tuesday night.
Ahead of the game, the @MCFC account posted a tweet saying; “We're looking forward to hosting you @OfficialASRoma, and a legendary player such as Totti. He's never scored in England, has he? #CityvRoma.”
The 38-year-old went on to score midway through the first half to earn his side a 1-1 draw after Sergio Aguero had given City the lead from the penalty spot in the fourth minute.
Totti told the Gazzetta dello Sport that the tweet inspired his deft flick over City goalkeeper Joe Hart at the Etihad Stadium.
“City’s tweet, it really brought me luck. It was a beautiful goal and a good performance,” he said.
“I really wanted to score as soon as possible as I had not found the back of the net this season.
“But above all, I am thrilled for my team because we have shown a lot of strength, which was not easy.”
The goal also saw Totti surpass Manchester United’s Ryan Giggs as the oldest player to ever score in a UEFA Champions League match.