Italian football legend and Chievo Verona striker, Luca Toni has reteirated his desire to retire at the end of the season after 22 years of professional football.
The striker, 38 has played for twelve different Italian teams throughout his career. A late bloomer, he spent several seasons in the lower divisions of Italian football, as well as promising spells with minor Serie A clubs Vicenza and Brescia, before finally making his breakthrough with Palermo: he helped the team to Serie A promotion during the 2003–04 season by winning the Serie B title, and was the league’s top scorer with 30 goals; the following season, he helped the club qualify for Europe, scoring 20 goals in Serie A.He also went on to represent clubs like Florentina, Bayern munich, AS Roma and Italian giants Juventus in his illustrious career.
Last season, at 38-years-old, Toni became the oldest player to win the league’s top scorer award – an accolade he shared with Inter Milan’s Mauro Icardi – after firing 22 goals.
“After so many years of playing football, 22 in the professional ranks, I think the time has arrived for me to say goodbye,” Toni told a press conference.”It was a difficult decision for me to make but I think it’s the right decision to stop.”I will feel a mix of joy and sadness, but I think it’s right for me to retire at home with Verona on Sunday against Juventus. We’ve had a terrible year and for me, mentally, I think I’ve come to the end.”
He also scored 16 goals in 47 appearances for the Italian national team.