Toure will go down as one of Africa’s greatest midfielders of all-time. The four-time African Footballer of the Year was transformed from a defensive midfielder at Barcelona to dynamic goalscoring midfielder at Manchester City.
Toure Profile Overview
|Real Name:||Yaya Toure|
|Birthday:||13th May, 1983|
|Place of Birth:||Sekoura Bouaké, Ivory Coast|
|Net Worth:||$70 million (N27,126,260,000)|
Toure Biography and Career
Yaya Toure is an African footballer from Ivory Coast, he was born on 13 May, 1983 in Sekoura Bouake, a town in Ivory coast. He scored a plethora of important goals for the Citizens, and was hugely important as their trophy drought ended in 2011 before playing a key role in the successes that followed.
In this feature, we remember the special games or memorable competitions that made the powerful midfielder one of the most exceptional players to walk the continent.
Toure At 2009 Champions League final
Barcelona got the better of Chelsea in the 08/09 semi-final, but it proved to be a costly victory for Pep Guardiola’s troops as Daniel Alves and Eric Abidal missed our on the decider against Manchester United through suspension.
This made the Barcelona boss turn to Yaya Toure for the encounter with the Red Devils, playing the Ivory Cost man at centre-back alongside Gerard Pique, with Carles Puyol filing in for Alves at right-back. After a shaky start, the Blaugrana turned up the heat and began to dominate, with Toure’s confidence in central defence growing as the team became more assured. Goals from Samuel Eto’o and Lionel Messi secured a 2-0 win for Barcelona who picked up their second Champions League win of the decade.
It was Yaya’s first success on the continent and it turned out to be his only triumph in Europe’s premier club competition.
Toure At 2011 FA Cup semi-final
Having moved to nouveau riche Manchester City in 2010, there was a growing feeling the Citizens needed a trophy to hasten their rise to the top of the English game.
When they faced city rivals Manchester United in the 2011 FA Cup semi-final, they needed a win over their dominant adversary to progress to their first FA Cup final in 30 years…and Toure made sure of that in brilliant fashion. The dynamic midfielder intercepted Michael Carrick’s pass to Paul Scholes and demonstrated his power and elegance by beating Rio Ferdinand before finishing with aplomb past Edwin van der Sar. City won 1-0 and set up a final meeting with Stoke City.
Toure At 2011 FA Cup final
After his heroic display in the previous round, much was expected from the electric midfield man in the final against stubborn Stoke City. Roberto Mancini’s side dominated proceedings but were thwarted by Thomas Sorensen in the Potters’ goal.
It was always going to take an unstoppable effort to beat the Dane, and so it proved with 15 minutes to play when Toure ran on to a loose ball in the box and blasted a left-footed shot past the in-form shot-stopper.
That strike ended City’s 35-year-wait for a major title, and it signal the passing of the torch in English football. Since that success, City have gone on to win four Premier League titles, another FA Cup and five League Cups.
Toure At Manchester City vs Aston Villa 2013/14
An amazing solo Toure dribble and goal made victory even sweeter as City’s 4-0 win took them closer a second Premier League title in three years.
The Ivorian’s emphatic run from inside his half, coupled with a sublime finish, took him to 20 goals for the season, which saw him equal Frank Lampard as the second midfielder in league history to hit the 20-goal mark in a campaign.
Manuel Pellegrini’s side claimed the league with a 2-0 win over West Ham United, and that season will probably go down as Toure’s best individual season in his professional career
Tour At 2015 Africa Cup of Nations success
The dynamo replaced Didier Drogba as Ivory Coast’s captain in 2014 and led the Elephants to their first Africa Cup of Nations title since 1992. Toure scored the opener in the 3-1 semi-final win over the Democratic Republic of Congo, taking the West Africans to their third final since 2006.
After losing at the last hurdle in 2006 and 2012, the Man City icon was finally third-time lucky as the favorites defeated Ghana, in a repeat of the 1992 decider, to end over two decades of failure on the continent.
Toure Net Worth
Yaya Toure is indeed one of the greatest and richest African players. His net worth is estimated at the value of $70 Million.