Posted on May 19, 2008
Luca Toni bagged a final-day hat-trick to cap a debut season with Bayern Munich that he admitted had left him “totally satisfied”.
The 30-year-old Italy striker has enjoyed a season like no other in his career.
Indeed, his return of 39 goals in 46 games is unprecedented in the history of the proud Bavarian club – no other player has scored as many goals in their first season with Bayern.
Toni, who left Fiorentina last summer, finished as the Bundesliga’s top scorer with 24 goals while he was joint top scorer in the UEFA Cup alongside Zenit St Petersburg striker Pavel Pogrebnyak on 10 goals.
The Italy World Cup winner also claimed the first domestic silverware of his career as Bayern lifted the Bundesliga title as well as the German Cup and League Cup.
And following Bayern’s final day 4-1 win against Hertha Berlin, Toni was presented with the cannon-shaped trophy awarded to the Bundesliga’s top marksman.
“It’s been a fantastic season, better than I expected. I’m totally satisfied,” said Toni after receiving the award.
Toni also cemented his reputation as a goal poacher with only one of his goals scored from outside the area – in the second-round German Cup match against Borussia Monchengladbach.
And the striker contributed much of his success this season to winger Franck Ribery, who also arrived at the Alliance Arena last summer.
Toni said he thought the friendship the pair had struck off the pitch had aided their on-field performance.
“I have to talk about Ribery because goals are always the product of a team effort,” Toni told Bild.
“I knew that Franck was a great player, but I didn’t imagine that we could get on so well in our professional and personal lives.”