Former Italy international Luca Toni has announced he’ll be retiring after Verona play Juventus on Sunday.
Luca Toni who was joint highest goalscorer of the Serie A last year, lacked in the goalscoring department and could not help Verona battle relegation.
“After thinking for a long time, I’ve decided that, after 22 years of football, the next game will be my last as a professional,” he told a news conference.
“I’ve realised that I have reached the end of the path.
“I’m a little emotional, it was a difficult and painful decision but I’ve come to the end of my playing career.
“I’ve been thinking about it for some weeks, they haven’t been easy weeks. At the Bentegodi against Juventus will be my last match.”
Toni won two league and cup doubles with Bayern Munich after strong spells with Palermo and later Fiorentina. He claimed the European Golden Shoe after scoring 31 league goals for the latter in the 2005-06 season.
He was named in the all-star team at the 2006 World Cup in Germany after helping Italy to win the trophy for the fourth time.