Yaya Toure Quotes

  • Football brings you lots of lovely things, but then you have to realise that it's actually a job.
  • I am very proud to be African. I want to defend African people, and I want to show to the world that African players can be as good as the Europeans and South Americans.
  • I represent my country, but I also represent the continent of Africa when I play in Europe. That's why it's important to try to achieve something big.
  • When you get the respect of the fans, it's very hard not to be happy.
  • The fans sing my name around the world. When I meet fans, they ask, 'How are you? All good with your family?'
  • English football is so physical and fast that when you see a space, you have to go into it with all your speed.
  • I will never forget how I have been treated here by the fans, the club and the owners, and nothing would give me greater pleasure than to finish my career as a Manchester City player.
  • You must respect people, and you must respect money. My father said to me: 'When you respect money, money will respect you.'
  • When we play at the World Cup, any African will back any African team. Because we want to hear the different approach to African football. We want to hear that Africans can do well, and Africans do well.
  • I am a midfielder who is mainly involved in the defensive phases, even if I also like to help build moves - I would say that my foremost quality is my generosity.
  • To be honest, proper recognition has only come from the fans. I don't want to be hard, and I don't want to be negative, but I want to be honest.