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Name Yaya Toure
Gender Male
Ethnic Ivorian
Job Ivorian Footballer
Desc Once a player who looked slow and sometimes used as a centre back, Yaya Toure’s game was almost entirely reinvented when he moved to Manchester City. A goalscoring midfielder, powerful runner with pin-point accuracy. One of the leaders of City’s domestic dominance

Affiliation

Org Ivory Coast National Team
Club as Player Manchester City

Relationship

Agent Dimitri Seluk

2015 12 12 Retrieve

[Manchester City and Côte d’Ivoire midfielder Yaya Toure after being named BBC African Footballer of the Year] I work hard every day to be the best I can be, so to be nominated seven times and win this award for a second time means a lot to me. I would also like to pay tribute to my fellow nominees and this fantastic initiative, which celebrates African footballers - shining a light on our wonderful continent. We have so much talent in Africa, so I am determined to continue to achieve on the pitch and use my success to help lead the way for the next generation

2017 01 28 Retrieve

[Yaya Toure expresses his admiration for Manchester United’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic] I want to play in Europe, especially in England. I want to continue doing that for a few years yet. Look at my friend Ibrahimovic. He’s 35 and he’s going to play for maybe three more years? He’s got the same mentality as me. He’s a big player, a champion who loves football. It’s football first. Anything after that is a bonus

2019 06 17 Retrieve

[What’s happened to Yaya Toure? How former Manchester City star is refusing to retire] Retired? Never! I will still keep playing. There have been so many rumours about my future in football but it’s time to make things clear. Football is something I cannot describe, I’ve been playing since I was young, and I will continue playing football. When it’s time for me to retire I will do it officially myself. Nobody else will speak on my behalf

[Having claimed his first piece of silverware in Greece with Olympiacos, Toure was hoping for a fairytale finish to his career by returning to the club that helped launch him. But after re-signing with them in September 2018, he would leave the Greek giants just three months later with his career clearly stalling] I came back for you. I had a vision and wanted to win trophies for you. Sadly, it has not worked out but I move on with love in my heart for you all. You have always encouraged me and stood by me. But now it is time for a new challenge. My love for football still burns strong.

[…] I’m starting to prepare myself for coaching badges but full-time coaching is not what I’m thinking now. I am now ready and focused to take new challenges in playing football. And don’t worry once the time has come, I will announce my retirement personally and officially by myself!

2019 12 19 Retrieve

[Yaya Toure questions Mane’s Ballon d’Or snubs] To be honest he deserved to win the Ballon d’Or. In Africa we don’t see any better players than him. Did you see the votes, did you see what he did in the last year, how many goals he scored, what he achieved with Liverpool? For me it is a shame when a team wins this trophy [the Champions League] and the winner of the Ballon d’Or is not coming from there

Liverpool are great, they are doing very well and they deserve their position at the moment. There is a long way to go but Liverpool are a good side and they look much stronger than last year. The way I see City is their form this year has been quite complicated but, 10 points in front, Liverpool have a good, good chance. When you see the league today there are a few teams who are quite disappointing, like Arsenal and a couple of others, but Liverpool have the chance to have the honours this year

2020 04 10 Retrieve

[Yaya Toure names Barcelona legends as the best players he’s played with] [Lionel] Messi, [Thierry] Henry, [Samuel] Eto’o, [Andres] Iniesta and Xavi [Hernandez]. They were unbeatable

[In his 18-year professional career, Toure has played on several pitches across the world, but he chose Camp Nou, Barcelona’s home ground, as his favourite] Stars like Ronaldo [Nazario] and [Diego] Maradona have played there. I was also able to play there with Messi, Eto’o, Henry, [Dani] Alves, Iniesta, etc., and I’m grateful for that time of my life

2020 04 19 Retrieve

[Former Manchester City star Yaya Toure hails health workers] To all the health care workers and other professionals who keep working like true heroes, infinite applause. Humanity’s hero taking the fight to Covid-19. We will win.

2020 05 07 Retrieve

[Yaya Toure backs Drogba’s faltering Ivorian Football Association presidential campaign] It’s time for change in our football. It needs modernity. When I say I support Drogba, it’s also for the good of the country, to have a former player of his kind investing himself in Africa. Didier was my big brother, my captain. People talked a lot about us but we were always calm, wise. We know each other. Too many people tried to criticise him - the press, fans

I know he is looking for support and I hope he will get it from some of the voters, presidents of clubs or AFI (Ivorian Association of Football Players)

2020 05 22 Retrieve

[Vasco presidential candidate Lawyer Leven Siano has pledged to sign Yaya Toure for the 2021 season should he triumph in upcoming elections] We are negotiating, trying to make the Vasco we dreamed about. You don’t have to think about which great player will be signed, but rather that we will be bringing great players. If it is not one, it will be another. If we have players with the quality of Balotelli, Yaya Toure, Giovinco, Alex Teixeira and Souza, we will be a competitive team

2020 06 01 Retrieve

[Former Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure said he felt ‘very proud’ to see demonstrations in Manchester showing solidarity with protestors in the US] We ALL have a responsibility to challenge racism. Racism is a problem for ALL people. WE have to fight it TOGETHER