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Monday August 10 2020
Toni: 'Pirlo more like Pep than Conte'

Former Italy international Luca Toni has claimed Juventus coach Andrea Pirlo was ‘fortunate enough to be managed by the best’ and thinks he’s more like Pep Guardiola than Antonio Conte.

The former centre-forward, who retired after a stint at Hellas Verona in 2016, has played with Pirlo at both club and national level, and shared his thoughts about the new Bianconeri coach and his experience in football.

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Thursday June 18 2020
Toni: 'Ronaldo can't even dribble'

Former Italy forward Luca Toni was disappointed with Juventus talisman Cristiano Ronaldo’s performance against Napoli: “He can’t even dribble.”

The former Capocannoniere watched as Ronaldo lost back-to-back Finals for the first time in his career and claimed he was part of the problem for Maurizio Sarri’s men in Rome.

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Saturday May 23 2020
Toni: 'Fiorentina perfect for Ribery'

Luca Toni was always confident ‘Fiorentina is the ideal club’ for Franck Ribery and helped broker the surprise transfer.

The pair played together at Bayern Munich and remained good friends, so when Ribery became a free agent over the summer, Toni suggested a new experience in Italy.

“We went out for dinner often in Munich and it started out as a bit of a joke, but I knew he wanted to keep playing after Bayern Munich didn’t renew the contract,” said Toni in an Instagram Live chat.

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Sunday May 10 2020
Toni: 'Balo & Chiello both wrong'

Luca Toni accepts Mario Balotelli ‘will have done something’ to warrant Giorgio Chiellini’s attack but claims the Juventus captain should have been more direct.

Chiellini slammed Balotelli in his new book for being ‘negative’ and once ‘deserving a slap’ while on Italy dutyprompting the Brescia striker to hit back on Instagram.

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Wednesday April 22 2020
Toni: 'Italy have real problem'

Luca Toni believes Italy have a ‘real problem’ in attack as ‘apart from Ciro Immobile, there’s no Italian who has scored more than 15 goals’.

Immobile is Serie A’s runaway Capocannoniere with 27 goals this season, but other than him Andrea Petagna and the uncapped Francesco Caputo are the only Italians to have scored more than 10 times.

Toni, on the other hand, came from a generation of Azzurri hitmen that included Christian Vieri, Filippo Inzaghi, Alessandro Del Piero and Francesco Totti.

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Saturday April 18 2020
Totti: 'Never again at Roma with Pallotta'

Francesco Totti confessed he will “not set foot” in the Roma training ground while Jim Pallotta is President. “When I drop my son off at the gate, I feel like crying. I'd have cut my leg off for Roma.”

The Giallorossi icon was pushed towards retirement at the age of 40 when the club refused to offer him a new contract, something that still stings to this day.

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Friday March 20 2020
Toni: 'Gabriel Jesus perfect partner for CR7'

Former Juventus forward Luca Toni has suggested the Old Lady should try to get Gabriel Jesus and has claimed Gonzalo Higuain remains “one of the best”.

World Cup winner and former Bayern, Roma and Fiorentina forward Toni has claimed that the Old Lady should look to Manchester City in the search of a new partner for Cristiano Ronaldo up front.

Despite entering the discussion regarding Higuain’s position at the Allianz Stadium, the former Capocannoniere has claimed that the Argentine 32-year-old still contributes for the League leaders.

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Saturday February 8 2020
Toni: 'Verona are a revelation'

Luca Toni thought Hellas Verona would be doomed to the drop this season, but was pleasantly surprised and hopes they can trip up Juventus tonight.

It kicks off this evening at 19.45 GMT, click here for a match preview.

Now retired hitman Toni played for both Juve and Verona, so gave his unique insight into the game in an interview with La Gazzetta dello Sport.

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Saturday December 14 2019
Corvino: 'Nervous wreck over Toni'

Former Fiorentina director of sport Pantaleo Corvino recalls being "a nervous wreck," after paying €10m for Luca Toni in 2005 and forcing Dani Osvaldo to return a Ferrari.

Corvino was speaking to Tuttosport about his career as a director and recalled when he signed Toni from Palermo in the summer of 2005 for €10m.

“Only five times had I signed a player with a value over €10m. The biggest one I signed was [Giovanni] Simeone at €16m. With Toni it was the first time that I had spent €10m.

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Friday August 23 2019
Pirlo & Toni begin Pro courses

Andrea Pirlo and Luca Toni are among those who have enrolled for their UEFA Pro Licence courses at Coverciano.

The Italian World Cup winners will be joined in the class of 2019-20 by Italy women’s Under-17 Coach Nazzarena Grilli and former Serie A stars Cristian Chivu, Paolo Montero, Thiago Motta and Walter Samuel.

The UEFA Pro Licence is the highest coaching certification available and, upon completion, will allow the likes of Pirlo and Toni to manage Serie A clubs.

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