'He continues to guarantee goals' - Goal's World Player of the Week Luca Toni

World Player of the Week
Luca Toni
AGE 36

Verona 2-1 AC Milan

Luca Toni’s tongue-in-cheek reaction to his double in Verona’s stunning 2-1 victory over AC Milan underlined why the well-travelled striker is such a cult figure within the game. “The two goals were for my wife Marta and my daughter Bianca,” the former Italy international explained. “I didn't score a third because I wouldn't have had anyone to dedicate it to."

When the World Cup winner was then asked why he is still subjecting his 36-year-old frame to the rigour of top-flight football, he replied: "I'm enjoying myself and this is crucial. Fortunately, I have earned a lot of money in my life and I'm only still playing because I love football.”

On the evidence of Saturday evening’s meeting with Milan, though, he still has plenty to offer at the highest level. Indeed, as Goal Italia's Renato Maisini explains, Toni tormented the Rossoneri throughout the game at the Marc'Antonio Bentigodi and remains as formidable as ever in the air.

"Although he is now 36, Luca Toni continues to guarantee goals. As his double proved, the former Fiorentina and Bayern Munich hitman is still without equal when it comes to his aerial prowess.

"Having picked him up on a free transfer, Verona already looked to have pulled off Serie A's signing of the season!"

Congratulations to Luca Toni, Goal's 224th World Player of the Week winner!

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@izzul_ikram: "Alexander Meier is an absolute beast."

Goal's Claas Philipp: "Four goals in two games for the attacking midfielder, including his 50th in the Bundesliga."

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 @finchcaddy: "Osako just keeps deciding games in Kashima's favour! Bale-esque!"

Goal's Dan Orlowitz: "Made it a career-high 11 goals for the season with a sensational double in the 2-1 win over Yokohama F. Marinos."

Roman Shirokov - Zenit

@Number10role: "Roman Shirokov is one of the best midfielders in world football at this very moment, for me. Incredibly underrated."

Goal's Enis Koylu: "Scored a sensational hat-trick in Zenit's 4-1 demolition of Pacos Ferreira in their Champions League play-off clash in Portugal."

Roberto Soldado - Tottenham

@FootballFact101: "Roberto Soldado has now scored 12 goals in his last 10 league matches."

Goal's Sammy Lee: "Netted a Europa League double before once again earning Spurs a 1-0 win in the Premier League with a penalty."