Christian Toni assumed the presidency of Estudiantes de Mérida on May 5, 2016, together with his brother César Toni as vice president and his uncle Ramón Toni as general manager, with the aim of restoring lost glory to one of the clubs with the most history and roots. of Venezuelan soccer.
Under his management, the “academicians” abandoned the last places in the standings and began to compete for the first places and places in international competitions.
In the 2019 campaign, those at that time led by Argentine strategist Martín Brignani won the title of the Apertura Tournament after beating Mineros de Guayana in the final 0-2 from penalties, after drawing XNUMX-XNUMX in the first leg and in the turn.
After obtaining the scepter, the eleventh fell in the absolute final against Caracas FC, in a match that was also defined from the twelve steps.
Regarding international competitions, the people from Merida played in the group stage of the Copa Libertadores in 2020, as well as the first phase of the Copa Suramericana in 2018 and 2019 and the second in 2020.
On the other hand, Christian Toni celebrated the first 50 years of life of Estudiantes, in 2021, being the oldest team in Futve and with a couple of league championships.