Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure has claimed that he is not widely considered as one of the world’s best players because he is African, BBC
The Ivorian, who on Friday was named as one of the five nominees for the Premier League’s Player of the Season award after scoring 22 goals despite playing in a relatively deep role, was responding to comments made by teammate Samir Nasri, who said that Toure would be among the world’s most highly regarded players were not from Africa.
“I think what Samir was saying was definitely true,” said Toure, who has won league titles in the Ivory Coast, Greece and Spain as well as in England. “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.”
Toure also believes that fellow Africans Didier Drogba and Samuel Eto’o have also not received the recognition their ability has deserved, and that the media should do more to promote African players. “If we play well and we don’t have the recognition from the media, we are not going to be where we want to be,” he added.
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