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Italy World Cup winner Luca Toni set to retire from football

Italy World Cup winner Luca Toni set to retire from football

Italy’s World Cup-winning striker Luca Toni is set to call time on his 22-year career at the end of the season.

The 38-year-old Hellas Verona forward, who has played for 15 clubs, has scored just once in Serie A this season with his team still winless and seemingly bound for relegation.

However, Toni, who scored 22 goals to share the Capocannoniere top-scorer award alongside Inter Milan’s Mauro Icardi last year, is determined to keep the club in the top flight before retiring in May.

Following Verona’s 1-0 home defeat to Empoli on Sunday, he said: “We want to do it; we should not give up now.

“Maybe it’s time for me to retire, so I want to do so having helped Verona survive.”

Toni made a name for himself with prolific spells at Palermo and Fiorentina before helping Italy win the World Cup in Germany in 2006.

He joined Bayern Munich the following year but, having enjoyed a fine start to life in the Bundesliga, fell out with then-manager Louis van Gaal before returning to Serie A.

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