In an open letter published on the club’s official website ahead of his final outing against Parma on Sunday, De Rossi said: “Please, let me say thank you to everyone at Roma that I came to know:
“The Sensi family, and President Pallotta.
“All the women and men that have worked, and continue to work, at Trigoria.
“The coaches that shaped me; all of them – without exception – taught me something important.
“The medical staff that always took care of me; and Damiano, without whom I would certainly have made fewer appearances for this club.
“My teammates, the part of the job I always enjoyed the most – they are my family. That daily routine, those times in the changing room at Trigoria, will be the thing I miss most of all.
“Bruno, who saw something special in me and brought me into this club’s fantastic academy. It was there, one morning in August, that I first met Simone and Mancio – we have been friends ever since, and will be for the rest of our lives.
“Thank you Davide, I know you will be alongside me for the rest of my life too.
“Thank you to Francesco. The captain’s armband I wore was inherited from the arm of a brother, a great captain and the most incredible footballer I have ever seen wear this shirt. Not everyone gets to play alongside their idol for 16 years. Now, with respect, I will pass this armband on to Alessandro. Another brother, one that I know is equally worthy of the honour.
“Thank you to mum and dad, for instilling in me two values that I have carried with me every single day: to never do to someone else something you would not want them to do to you, and to always offer a hand to those in trouble.
“Thank you to Ostia; to its people and its coast. You helped raise me as a child, you spurred me on as a teenager, and you welcomed me back as an adult.
Thank you also to those who supported me – and suffered with me – within the walls of our home: without Gaia, Olivia, Noah and especially Sarah I would be half the man I am today.
“Thank you to every Roma fan, my fans. Today, at least, I’ll allow myself to call you ‘my fans’ – because I was one of you, out there on the pitch, and the love you have always shown me helped me to keep on doing that. You are all the reason why I chose this city, this life, time and time again. Sunday will be the 616th time I make that choice, the right choice.
“No-one will ever love you more than I do.”