Toure ignored because of racism, says agent
Dmitri Seluk, the agent of Manchester City and Ivory Coast midfielder Yaya Toure, believes that his player is overlooked for individual awards on grounds of race.
He says Toure would have finished higher than third place in the PFA and FWA Footballer of the Year awards, and higher than 12th in the Ballon d'Or voting, if he was white.
Toure was beaten to the PFA by Luis Suarez and the FWA by Eden Hazard, whilst Cristiano Ronaldo took the Ballon d'Or.
Seluk told the Times: "If he was white, 100 per cent he would have won one of those top awards."
"I don't want to talk too much about racism or the politics of football, but he does not get the praise he should get. Yaya has three times in a row won the African Player of the Year, but it is different with the other awards."
"I agree with Jose Mourinho when he said that the Player of the Year should come from the team that wins the title. I have very much respect for Suarez and Gerrard, but what Yaya did from midfield, not often a player can do this," he continued.
"Who was the best team this year? Manchester City? Who was their best player? Toure. Gerrard is really good but Liverpool finished second in the league and Yaya is third (in the FWA vote)," Seluk concluded.
The player's agent also finished by claiming Toure is unhappy at missing out at the world player of the year award.
"He is a bit upset about the situation. Messi is the top player in the history of football and I respect Ronaldo and Ribery a lot. Yaya respects all these players. But for an African in these awards it is hard. FIFA needs to change something."