World Cup winner Luca Toni plans to retire at end of season

World Cup winner Luca Toni plans to retire at end of season

VERONA, Italy (AP) — World Cup winner Luca Toni says he plans to retire at the end of the season.

Toni, who plays for relegation-threatened Hellas Verona, turn 39 next May.

Verona lost 1-0 at home to Empoli on Sunday to leave it bottom of Serie A, nine points from safety, & Toni says "I think maybe the time has come to stop, hopefully celebrating Verona's survival."

p>Toni previously played for Fiorentina, Bayern Munich, Roma & Juventus. He was the joint top scorer in Serie A last season along with Mauro Icardi, becoming the oldest player to earn the accolade. He was the top scorer in Europe in 2006, the same year he helped Italy win the World Cup.

Toni scored 16 goals in 47 international appearances.

Source: “Associated Press”