Last year, Yaya Toure was mad at Manchester City and everyone else who did not wish him a happy birthday (in our defence, we did not say ‘happy birthday’, we simply asked him to ‘turn up’). Now, though, the Ivorian and City talisman is mad at English media who he says do not judge him fairly.
Speaking to French media, Toure used words like beasts, disgust and bullsh*t. Yes, it was that bad.
Here are quotes from the interview with L’Equipe:
“In recent weeks, journalists have spoken about a new beginning for me,” he said. “But what new beginning?
“I’m coming off a season when Man City finished second in the Premier League, which is the most difficult in the world. The season before, I scored 26 goals, 20 in the Premier League, and it doesn’t get mentioned.
“Last season had to leave the club to join my national team who were playing the Africa Cup of Nations. I missed almost two months, and I then I was criticised for not scoring as many goals as the season before?!
“You understand a little my disgust. Here, when it’s bad, they [British journalists] highlight the faults. When it’s good, they say nothing.
“They have always used their little ways to annoy me to distraction. I often feel that I’m unhappy. A lot.”
Then he talked about race issues and called journalists ‘beasts’.
“We Africans, when we do a good job, we like to be rewarded, recognised. Because if a player is given fair value, we move faster. That’s what I think.
“When I came to City, in 2010, I heard people say here that I would kill football!
“I arrived from Barcelona as a player who had not played too much in those few months, and they did not understand. The journalists spoke of my salary, saying that it was a disgrace. But I was just at this club to help it grow and win titles.
“Many people, beasts, I must say, have laughed at me when I said that. They wondered what I, Yaya Toure, could do to change City. And did you see what happened next? We almost won everything.”
Then he used a swear word
“Although many bitter people try to smear my name, spreading bulls**t, I also know that there are many young people who look at me. When people assault you, do not reply, because most of the time, they do not understand. Fortunately, the success and statistics speak for me.”
That is one angry man! For anyone who wants to know, Yaya Toure’s birthday is May 13. Good luck to you if you forget to wish him a happy birthday.