Luca Toni devoted himself completely to his seat in the uncovered at the Bentegodi. As he reclined and extended, he conveyed his hands to his face as though to wash it of tears. One of his colleagues gamely slapped his thigh as though to say: ‘You did it! Whatever remains of your life begins now.’ But the feelings coursing through Toni’s veins right then and there were as separated as the Montagues and the Capulets once were in this reasonable Verona.
Opening his heart a while later, he conceded: “I feel happiness and bitterness.” Regrets, Toni had a couple. He would have jumped at the chance to have left Hellas in Serie A. Maybe things would have been distinctive on the off chance that he hadn’t endured the knee harm that kept him out from the most recent days of September to the end of November. Who knows whether Toni would have played on one more year if Verona’s proprietor Maurizio Setti hadn’t delegated Gigi Delneri with whom he has never got on especially well?
The night itself, in any case, conveyed a tear to the eye and not in light of Verona’s assignment, which was affirmed weeks back. From an individual viewpoint, Toni couldn’t have wished to go out any better. The pennants hung over the solid stands left him in little uncertainty of the respect Verona fans hold him in. “Luca stay” argued one. “Clone him,” requested another.
The most impactful of all settled on Toni’s place in the club’s history. Preben Elkjær, Verona’s top scorer when they won the Scudetto in 1985, celebrated for scoring against Juventus even subsequent to losing his boot, passes by the title “chairman” in these parts. He has been “in office” from that point forward. Toni is presently to be alluded to as “representative leader” in Verona.
He exited the stage, acclaiming the 30,000 fans, not with a fuss but rather one final hurrah. Verona turned into the primary group to beat Juventus in Serie A since October 28. Toni scored a delightful panenka, conceding us one final look at his trademark festivity, and was included in Verona’s prior second being substituted all together for Verona’s record-breaking top scorer in Serie A to get an overwhelming applause from the group.
Sunday all in all was a day of farewells in Serie A. Gianpaolo Bellini tumbled to his knees before the Curva in Bergamo as he showed up for Atalanta following 18 years at the club. Manuel Pasqual, the Fiorentina chief, wore a T-Shirt expressing gratitude toward Florence. The window ornaments were drawn on his time at the Artemio Franchi after 357 recreations in Viola. In any case, it’s a given that, of the three, the player Italian football will miss the most is Toni.
At a question and answer session to declare his retirement a week ago, Toni touched on what the amusement will lose when Francesco Totti in the long run goes along with him and Toto Di Natale in hanging up his boots. “When we go,” he said, “just about a 1000 objectives will run with us. It will be a major misfortune.”
Exactly how enormous is evident in the event that you take a gander at the scoring outlines that this time a year ago Toni prompted get to be, at 38, the most seasoned Capocannoniere ever. Gonzalo Higuain is on 33 objectives and on course to break the single-season scoring record. The separation amongst him and his closest opponent is a Grand Canyon. Carlos Bacca and Paulo Dybala are on 17 a piece. Mauro Icardi, who imparted the title to Toni last season, has got 16. They are all South American.