Toni: Fiorentina thought I was finished

Luca Toni

Veteran marksman Luca Toni has revelled in his Verona renaissance explaining that Fiorentina thought he was past it.

Luca Toni will turn 37 in May, but like Francesco Totti he is showing no sign of hanging up his boots just yet.

The powerful striker has been magnificent for Verona this term and he struck twice late on in a 3-0 win over Genoa to take his tally to an impressive 15 for the season.

Toni is the third top scorer in Serie A this term and the second most prolific Italian after Torino star Ciro Immobile.

In a long career that has seen him change clubs 15 times, Toni has always consistently found the net and his peak seemed to arrive between 2003 and 2007 when he was lethal for Palermo and Fiorentina.

"Palermo was the turning point in my career because I came from Brescia where I had a bad knee injury," Toni said on Tiki Taka.

"It was a gamble because I was going down a division but it paid off because I re-launched my career. I had my best years at Palermo and Fiorentina where I was the first Italian to win the Golden Boot."

After a spell with Bayern Munich, Toni went from Genoa to Juventus, to Qatar and then back to Fiorentina where he remained for a season until joining Verona last summer.

"I didn't expect a season like this," Toni admitted. "At the end of last season Fiorentina thought that I was finished and that I would start to think about moving upstairs.

"But I still felt like a footballer and I'm having a fantastic time at Verona and can enter into the club's history."

It has been suggested that Toni, who was part of the 2006 World Cup winning squad, could be called up for this summer's showpiece event.

"It would be an honour to be called up," he said. "But if I'm not then that's not a problem and I won't create any drama.

"In my opinion it's right that the group of players who brought Italy to Brazil should have priority."

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