We have always been huge fans of Manchester City and Ivory Coast midfielder Yaya Toure. Some of his outbursts have been questionable but his quality on the field has always made them easy to stomach.
But his latest rant is harder to understand.
Having won the African Player of The Year award for the last four campaigns, he lost out to Gabon international Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang this time around and seemed pretty gracious in congratulating the Borussia Dortmund forward at the time.
But he vented spleen in no uncertain terms afterwards, in what can only be viewed as sour grapes.
He reportedly told French radio station French radio station RFI
‘I’m very, very disappointed. It’s sad to see Africa react this way, that they don’t think African achievements are important,’
Toure’s complaint seems to be centred around the fact that the winner of this year’s award was actually born in Laval, France.
‘I think this is what brings shame to Africa, because to act in that way is indecent. But what can we do about it? Us Africans, we don’t show that Africa is important in our eyes. We favour more what’s abroad than our own continent. That is pathetic.’
But we can’t help thinking that his own ego is in play here.
Toure is a wonderful and perhaps, at times, underrated footballer who seems to defy physics with some of his football at Manchester City.
He does always seem to one of the first to get ostracised by some members of the Manchester City faithful when his team isn’t playing well, perhaps due to his laid-back style of movement.
We have no doubt that, at his best, he is one of the top 10 players that The Premier League has seen. But he should perhaps leave his football to do the talking from now on.