16 Facts About Yaya Toure

1. Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure leaves Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo out of his 'dream team'.

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2. In December 2015, Yaya Toure won the BBC African Footballer of the Year on a public vote for the second time, after leading the Ivory Coast to victory in the 2015 African Cup of Nations.

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3. On 13 December 2016, Yaya Toure pleaded guilty to drunk driving.

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4. In October 2013, Yaya Toure joined a campaign against elephant poaching, becoming a goodwill ambassador for the United Nations Environment Programme.

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5. On 20 September 2016, Yaya Toure announced his retirement from international football.

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6. In 2006, Yaya Toure appeared for les Elephants in all three of the team's matches at its first ever World Cup.

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7. In response, Guardiola said Yaya Toure would not be included in the team until he receives an apology.

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8. On 1 March 2015, Yaya Toure started the Premier League match against Liverpool and his brother Kolo came on as an 83rd-minute substitute, marking the first time the two brothers faced each other in a competitive match.

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9. On 2 March 2014, Yaya Toure scored the equalising goal for Manchester City in the 2014 League Cup final against Sunderland.

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10. On 23 October 2013, Yaya Toure was the subject of racist abuse from CSKA Moscow supporters at the Arena Khimki in the group stage of the Champions League.

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11. On 4 April 2013, Yaya Toure signed a new contract with City, keeping him at the club until 2017.

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12. On 20 December 2012, Yaya Toure was crowned the 2012 African Player of the Year award at a ceremony in Accra, Ghana.

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13. On 16 April 2011, Yaya Toure scored the only goal of the game in a Man of the Match performance against Manchester United in the FA Cup semi-final.

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14. In late June 2010, Barcelona confirmed that Yaya Toure would be allowed to leave the club in the summer.

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15. In the 2009 Champions League Final, Yaya Toure played at centre back due to injuries and suspensions of first-choice defenders, despite having only played there twice before for Barcelona.

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16. In the summer of 2003, Yaya Toure had a trial with Arsenal.

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