Ivorian player Gnégnéri Yaya toure was born on May 13, 1983. He is a former captain of Ivory Coast’s football squad and Man City midfielder. With over a hundred caps for Ivory coast, he has played in six African cup of Nations.
Yaya is the younger brother of star defender, Kolo Toure. His professional career started in 1996, when he joined ASEC Mimosas youth academy. Some of his honours include:
- Four time African Footballer of the Year (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014)
- Selected seven times in the CAF Team of the Year (2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015)
- ESM Team of the Year: 2013–14
- PFA Premier League Team of the Year: 2011–12, 2013–14
- Two times BBC African Footballer of the Year (2013, 2015)
- Manchester City Player of the Year 2013–14 season.
Yaya has also won about 12 club competitions throughout his time in the clubs he has played for. In 2013, Yaya Toure joined a campaign against elephant poaching, becoming a goodwill ambassador for the United Nations Environment Programme.
We can all be weak, but we all have to make a conscious decision to be strong. -Yaya Toure