THE WORLD DO NOT APPRECIATE ME BECAUSE I AM AFRICAN – YAYA TOURE
It is about time to hear from the man himself Yaya Toure, expressing his views about this hard story which has speculated in the media many times. He is known to be gently off the pitch but very contributory and active on the pitch. He certainly plays a key role in Manchester City’s shirt without a shadow of doubt.
And the 30-year-old echoed club colleague Samir Nasri‘s claim that only his birthplace has blocked him from being hailed as one of the best midfielders in the world.
“I think what Samir was saying was definitely true,” Toure told BBC Sport.
“To be honest, proper recognition has only come from the fans. I don’t want to be hard and I don’t want to be negative, but I want to be honest.”
Compatriot Didier Drogba and Cameroon striker Samuel Eto’o have also reached the top level of European football and Toure said: “Those players are more than legends for me and Africa.
“I am very proud to be African, I want to defend African people and I want to show to the world that African players can be as good as the Europeans and South Americans.”
Luis Suarez is a widespread odds-on favourite for the PFA award, with Liverpool team-mate Steven Gerrard and Chelsea’s Eden Hazard also ahead of Toure in the betting.
But the City star said he would “definitely” be unhappy to miss out, adding: ” As a champion, as a winner, I always want to win.”
Do you believe African players do not get enough respect compare to other continent players?