Being one of 24 players to leave the homeland Ivory Coast, for FC Beveren, Yaya Toure became the first ever Ivorian to lift the Champions League trophy when he did it for Barcelona in 2009. Seeing this skinny young fella, at the start of his career, no one would have predicted that he would become one of the most wanted midfielders in the world, but as they say hard work pays off, Yaya Toure is the best example that the best dreams happen when you stay awake.
In his first season at the Etihad stadium, Yaya Toure helped Manchester City to grasp their first trophy in 35 years.
After completing his audition at FC Beveren of Belgium, he moved to Ukraine, a move that was intensely loathed by his elder brother Kolo, because he perceived that his younger brother cannot survive the severe temperature that awaits him in Ukraine. But Yaya Toure proved him and most of the other doubters wrong by escalating his way up to the CLUB WORLD CUP winner, an enterprise achieved by none other Ivorian back then.
After signing a much improved contract extension with the Citizens, Yaya Toure basic per week salary is 200k pounds but it can rise to approximately 240k depending upon the contribution he makes towards the team.
Toure signing a contract extension with City, who will pay him 45m in next 4 years in wages
If calculated by the basic salary Yaya Toure will earn 45million pounds over the span of next 4 years, so should any team come close to buy him in this time period, then they will have to pay more than 30million in wages and contract termination to the Manchester City. And the fact that city paid just 24million pounds to Barcelona for the Ivorian’s signature, they are guaranteed to earn much more than that should they chose to cash on him.
Accolades for Manchester City so far:
When Toure signed for Manchester City, the hype that was created was due to the fact because he was a former Barca man, and not of his individual talent. However, what happens after that was what exactly City paid for. His goal in the following year helped City to beat Manchester United in the semifinal of the FA cup, and with the fact that he also scored in the final, City fans were jubilant that their new signing has got them where they would ever want to be.
Manchester City won the Premier League for the 1st time in 44 years in Toure’s 2nd season at the helm.
After Toure’s arrival at the Etihad City had won every trophy domestically that could be possible.
- Barclays Premier League
- FA Cup
- Carling Cup
- Community Shield
Evolution of Yaya Toure:
When he was at Beveren, Yaya Toure was rejected by Arsenal manager claiming he was too ‘’impatient’’ and ‘’average’’ when his elder brother Kolo requested the current Arsenal manager to take a look at his brother.
However, this rejection did little, as he moved from the sweltering heat of Ivory Coast to the cold breezing weather of Russia during the early stages of his career. He has proved his worth worldwide when Barcelona come knocking at his door. Frank Rijkaard was still at the helm when the Ivorian signed for Barcelona, however he was a rather misfit at the club with the arrival of Guardiola and his opportunities scattered.
Toure has made more tackles than any other midfielder this season.
Since moving in from Barcelona, Yaya Toure has developed both as a goal scorer as well as a defensive midfielder. During Roberto Mancini’s era at the Etihad, Yaya Toure was deployed in most defensive positions, a position he had played for his former employers Barcelona as well. However, since the Introduction of Chilean “Engineer” Manuel Pellegrini at the club, he had played in a more attacking role scoring 14 goals and creating 5 in the process
Yaya Toure’s number of passes has increased from 52.4 from 10/11 season, to a staggering 77.6 passes per game this season.
And by UNLEASHING Yaya Toure in front, Manuel Pellegrini’s City side have become the most potent striking force in England by scoring 71 goals in the process this season so far, a stat which has only been battered by Brendon Rodgers’ Liverpool this season.
Yaya “The humane” Toure:
In addition to his efforts on the field, Yaya Toure has a habit of helping people off the field as well. He has been named as the UN Goodwill Ambassador for a campaign named as ‘’Save the elephants’’.
Yaya Toure has made several trips across the world after leaving for Belgium. He showed his class all over the world, and the fact that everywhere he played people still remember his contributions to their clubs.
Yaya Toure was a part of the legendary Barcelona side that won a record 6 trophies in a single calendar year.
After moving in to Manchester City, Toure has won back to back African player of the year award leaving players like Drogba in the shadow. Here are some of the other trophies Yaya has won during his illustrious career.
- BBC African footballer of the year 2013
- PFA Premier League team of the year 2011-12
- UEFA Champions League
- FIFA club world cup
- La Liga (2)
- Premier League
- FA Cup
- Carling Cup
- Copa Del Rey