Manchester City’s Yaya Toure believes that because he is from Africa he doesn’t get the level of recognition he deserves from the media.
The 30-year-old Ivory Coast star has long been hailed as on of the Premier League’s best midfielders, and this season has helped the Sky Blues to Capital One Cup victory and a title challenge – netting 18 league goals.
But with Luis Suarez the favourite to land the player of the season award, Toure could well be overlooked once again.
Team-mate Samir Nasri recently claimed that the powerful enforcer would be considered as one of the planet’s top talents if he were not from Africa, and the player himself agrees with this view:
“I think what Samir was saying was definitely true.” He 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.
“If we (African players) play well and we don’t have the recognition from the media, we are not going to be where we want to be,
“If you go to any part of Africa now, people will say, ‘yes, we know him [Messi]’, but when you come to Europe and say ‘Yaya Toure’ people will say, ‘who is that?’ Some will say they know my name but not know my face. But they will know Messi’s face.”
Toure has enjoyed a glittering career, winning league titles and European honours with Barcelona and being named African player the year on three occasions.
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