Ex-Italy footballer Francesco Totti almost split from wife after she brought home a cat

Updated: Apr 21, 2020, 10:00 IST | A correspondent | Mumbai

Former Italy and Roma football star Francesco reveals he nearly split from wife Ilary Blasi for bringing home a hairless pet cat

Francesco Totti  and Ilary Blasi. (Inset) Ilary Blasi with their hairless cat
Francesco Totti and Ilary Blasi. (Inset) Ilary Blasi with their hairless cat

Italian football legend Francesco Totti has revealed that he nearly ended his marriage with TV presenter Ilary Blasi when she decided to bring home a sphinx cat, a hairless breed.

FIFA World Cup winner Francesco, who married Blasi in 2005, two years after they began dating, told former teammate Christian Vieri in an Instagram Live chat: "I was furious with my wife…she bought a hairless cat and called it Donna Paola. At night, the cat insists on sleeping in our bed, next to our legs. She's a very affectionate cat but almost caused us to break up."

Ilary got the cat home against Francesco's wishes. "She wanted a cat at all cost. I was adamant we shouldn't. One day, she brought it home because ultimately she makes all the decisions in this family," he added. The couple did not talk to each other thereafter before Francesco started liking the feline. "We didn't speak for days, but in the end, I fell in love with the cat too," said Francesco, who retired from football in 2017 after spending 15 years at Italian club Roma, where he scored 307 goals from 785 matches.

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