Toni desperate for golden boot

The 36-year-old is determined to end the season as Italy's top goalscorer and prove that age is just a number

Verona striker Luca Toni believes winning Serie A's golden boot would be an "extraordinary" feat at his age.

Toni, who turns 37 in May, scored again on Sunday as his side cruised to a 4-0 home win over rock-bottom Catania.

The veteran moved to Verona on a free transfer from Fiorentina in July and has been a hit at his new club, with his latest double taking him to 19 goals in 31 Serie A appearances.

After moving level with Torino's Ciro Immobile, Toni thinks he could become the league's top scorer and is motivated by the club's push for European football.

Toni told Sky Sport Italia: "I didn't believe I could win the Capocannoniere (golden boot) award this season, but now I am on 20 goals with Immobile and it would be something extraordinary at my age.

"I haven't scored a hat-trick yet this season and wanted to do that so I could give the match ball to my daughter.

"I am a striker, I really care about goals, but it's over now and I'm focused on the next game.

"Verona have nothing to lose in the race for Europe and (we have) three tough matches coming up.

"We'll be fired up and know we can make history. We'll see where we are in three weeks."

Toni also said he had acknowledged he would not feature at this summer's World Cup in Brazil despite his stunning campaign.

"I don't need to send Cesare Prandelli any messages," he added.

"He named his larger squad without me or Francesco Totti, so everyone has to just accept it and stop going on about this."