Toni: Verona my last club

Verona captain Luca Toni has announced he will bring the curtain down on his playing career after Sunday's home game against reigning Serie A champions Juventus.

The journeyman striker has endured a disappointing season with the Gialloblu, who were relegated to Serie B with three matches left to play.

Toni, who finished joint-top scorer in the league last term with 22 goals, has only managed to find the back of the net five times this time around for Luigi Delneri's side as they recorded just four wins from 36 outings.

The 38-year-old has decided to retire in his final appearance at Stadio Marc'Antonio Bentegodi, and will not feature at Palermo on the last day of the campaign.

"After a bit of reflection, and many years in football, I just felt the right time had come to call it a day," Toni told a news conference on Wednesday.

"These have been difficult weeks and it was a hard decision to take, and I know there's going to be a mixture of joy and sadness between now and Sunday.

"This has been the worst year of my career for various reasons – it's been a huge disappointment.

"I never had a good relationship with the coach [Gigi] Delneri, as you know, but this is not the place to talk about his decisions. This season has been a defeat for both of us."

Toni, who played for 15 clubs during a career spanning 22 years, won two domestic doubles with Bayern Munich and helped Palermo win promotion to the Italian top flight in 2004.

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