This is the player profile of Yaya Toure of the Ivory Coast and Manchester City professional footballer. In this article, you will get all the personal and professional details about Yaya Toure along with his achievements in the English Premier League and in international football as well.
Basic Details of Yaya Toure
Full Name: Gnegneri Yaya Toure
Date of Birth: 13th May 1983
Place of Birth: Bouake, Ivory Coast
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Professional Details of Yaya Toure
Playing Position: Midfielder
Jersey No: 42
Youth Career: 1996 – 2001: ASEC Mimosas
Senior Career: 2001 – 2003: Beveren | 2003 – 2005 Metalurh Donetsk | 2005 – 2006 Olympiacos | 2006 – 2007 Monaco | 2007 – 2010: Barcelona | Since 2010: ManchesterCity
National Team: Ivory Coast
Yaya is the younger brother of Kolo Toure, who was his teammate at Beveren, Manchester City, and the Ivorian national team. Their younger brother Ibrahim was also a footballer, who died on 19 June 2014 at the age of 28 after a short battle with cancer. Touré is a practicing Muslim. Touré joined a campaign against elephant poaching, becoming a goodwill ambassador for the United Nations Environment Programme in October 2013. Yaya is married to Gineba, the pair married in 2004 when they were aged 20. They have a son named Dimitri Toure.
More about Yaya Toure
Born on 13th May 1983, Yaya Toure is from Ivory Coast and is a practicing Muslim. Yaya Toure currently plays for Manchester City, the English football club playing in the English Premier League. Yaya Toure’s is playing as a midfielder in the Manchester City team and is known for his passing abilities along with the physical power and technique as well. More often than not, Yaya Toure has been called ‘one of the most versatile players in the English Premier League’. Although when he started his career as a Youth football player who played from ASES Mimosas, Yaya Toure always wanted to be a striker.
Over the years, since Yaya Toure has become a professional footballer he has been changing the clubs around the world for various reasons. All in all, since he became professional in the year 2001, Yaya Toure has played for six different professional football clubs. But since 2010 he has been an integral part of the Manchester City team. Apparently, Yaya Toure has played in Belgium, Ukraine, Greece, France, Spain, and then England. He was part of Barcelona, which won the six trophies in a single year in 2009. Yaya Toure played over 100 matches for Barcelona.
Yaya Toure has also earned more than 80 caps for his home country team Ivory Coast and has been one of the most dependable players on the team as well. At the age of 18 playing for ASEC Mimosas, Yaya Toure was awarded as African Footballer for the years 2011, 2012, and 2013. Apart from this Yaya Toure was nominated for the 2014 MTV Africa Music Awards in the Personality of the Year category and then was nominated for The Future Africa Awards in 2014 as well.
Awards & Achievements:
At the 2014 MTV Africa Music Awards, Touré was nominated in the Personality of the Year category. In July 2014, Touré was nominated for a Prize in Entertainment at The Future Africa Awards. Touré won the BBC African Footballer of the Year on a public vote for the second time, after leading Ivory Coast to victory in the 2015 African Cup of Nations.