- Francesco Totti visited local prison in 2006
- Adoring fan stayed in jail an extra week to see him
- Fan: 'If you make me leave, I will do something crazy'
But that's exactly what happened when it was announced that Francesco Totti would join his Italy teammates in a tour of a local prison, shortly after winning the 2006 World Cup, according to the Roma great.
"Everyone was very happy because for them to see a player inside was like seeing the Pope," Totti told Italian television channel RAI as he promotes his autobiography, which is published Thursday.
"There was this lad there that kept shouting, 'Me! Me! Me!' and wanted, at absolutely all costs, to take a photo with me.
"No-one would let him through, but he started to push his way forward and try and get closer to me to take a photo. I did not really understand why he was so determined."
It wasn't until after the players had left the prison that someone told Totti why that particular fan had been so keen to grab a selfie with his hero.
"They let me know that he was supposed to leave a week before, but had asked to stay one week longer because he had heard that I would be going there," Totti continued.
"And also because he told them: 'If you make me leave, I will do something crazy to be sent back here.'"