Lauding Luca Toni – the last great Italian striker

Nov 21, 2018, 05:18 PM

Jimbo, James Horncastle and Gab Marcotti this week salute Luca Toni. Not a lifeguard as some would have you believe but perhaps the last great Italian centre-forward.

The big man was laying down outrageous goal scoring numbers before Ronaldo and Messi showed up. He was Serie A’s top scorer at the age of 29 and again at 38.

Toni won the World Cup, the Golden Shoe and he scored a bundle for Bayern Munich, while also upsetting Louis Van Gaal and the Catholic Church.

In short, he was so much more than the Italian Peter Crouch.

Back in the present, the panel evaluate Italy’s striker search in finding the next Luca Toni. And speaking of strikers, will Milan’s injury crisis force them to call upon the Zlatan?

Plus there’s what should be an emotional Genoa derby on the horizon this weekend.


• PART 1: An introduction to Luca Toni – underappreciated? (01m 00s)

• PART 2a: Toni’s beginnings at Brescia (04m 30s)

• PART 2b: Toni goes to the 2006 World Cup (07m 10s)

• PART 2c: Toni’s time at Bayern – breaking records and falling out with Van Gaal and the Catholic Church (10m 30s)

• PART 3a: Toni returns to Italy and breaks more records (15m 00s)

• PART 3b: Luca’s legacy (23m 30s)

• PART 4: A look back at Italy in the Nations League (26m 00s)

• PART 5: Restaurant recommendations and a look ahead to the Genoa derby (30m 35s)


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