Created on 18-05-2008 at 00:00 AM
Luca Toni is not simply a goal machine. According to the match stats from Saturday's final fixture of the domestic season at home to Hertha BSC Berlin, he finished level with Martin Demichelis and Zé Roberto for the highest percentage of tackles won. Less surprisingly, the Italian once again topped the match scoring chart with a hat-trick, taking his tally for the season to 24 and applying the icing on the cake of an outstanding first term in Germany. After the final whistle, Luca stepped up to receive the cannon-shaped trophy awarded annually to the leading scorer in the Bundesliga, the first time a player has secured the accolade in his debut season with Bayern.
Overall, Toni has made 46 competitive appearances this campaign and earned 51 scorer points with 39 goals and 12 assists. No player has ever scored as many goals in his first season at the club, not even the likes of Gerd Müller, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, Jürgen Klinsmann, Giovane Elber, or Roy Makaay.
Likes an opener
The Italian World Cup winner, who has now collected his first-ever silverware at club level, has made a speciality of opening the scoring. Twenty-six of his scorer points derive from goals to make the score 1-0 to Bayern (16 goals, ten assists), taking him level with club record holder Gerd Müller on 16 opening goals in a season.
Comparisons with the legendary goal-getter were inevitable. "Il Bomber“, as Toni has become known in Italy, is also a classic penalty box goal-poacher. Only one of this season's 39 goals was struck from outside the opposition penalty area, in the German Cup second round against Borussia Mönchengladbach, while his 122 shots from within the box is the best tally in the Bundesliga.
"The way in which he takes his goals is pure quality,“ commented FCB consultant Paul Breitner. "He's pure class,“ Uli Hoeneß concisely summarised. And what of the player himself? "It's been a fantastic season, better than I expected. I'm totally satisfied,“ declared Toni, who also finished joint top scorer in the UEFA Cup along with Zenit St. Petersburg's Pawel Pogrebnjak on ten goals. And what will he be doing after such a terrific season? "We'll celebrate.“