Yaya Touré



Gnégnéri Yaya Touré, usually known more simply as Yaya Touré, was born in Bouaké on 13 May 1983. The Ivorian international plays as a central midfielder and his versatility has allowed him to switch between defensive and offensive roles throughout his career. Known for his power, technique and passing, he is regarded as one of the best African footballers of all time. Yaya is the younger brother of Kolo Touré, who he played with for several seasons at Manchester City.

Touré began his professional career with Beveren and quickly attracted attention from Arsenal, who took him on trial. However, work permit issues prevented a permanent switch from taking place and he instead transferred to Metalurh Donetsk in 2003. Moves to Olympiacos and Monaco followed, with Touré receiving comparisons to ...

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