Sunday May 8 2016
Toni 'almost fought Van Gaal'

On the day of his retirement, Luca Toni reveals why he’ll never be a Coach and “almost came to blows” with Louis van Gaal.

The striker turns 39 later this month and hung up his boots in the ideal manner, scoring a Panenka-style penalty as Verona beat Juventus 2-1 this evening.

“It was a risky penalty, but to do good things you need to take risks. Fortunately it went well,” Toni told Italian TV.

“Every goal in my career feels beautiful to me. Perhaps this evening’s is the best, as it closes my career with so many emotions wrapped up in it.”

Toni had a tense rapport with current Verona Coach Gigi Del Neri, but revealed that wasn’t his worst career clash.

“We didn’t get along very well, that’s for sure, but it’s not nice talking about it now. In any case, we cleared the air.

“In the past I had much worse misunderstandings with Van Gaal when I was playing at Bayern Munich. Back then we almost came to blows.”

What next for Toni? Certainly not a coaching career.

“I’ve seen my former teammates age five years for every 12 months since they became Coaches! No, I’d prefer to do something in a directorial role.

“I will speak to Verona and the President. I still owe the city something. I’d like to help this club get back into Serie A, because it’s where they deserve to be.

“If not, I’ll look around for something to do, because I doubt my wife wants me hanging around the house too much.”

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