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3 Statues For 4 gods – Yaya Toure the Forgotten god

Yaya Toure was a force of nature for Manchester City
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In the aftermath of the news that Sergio Aguero will be leaving Manchester City at the end of the season, the club announced that the Argentinian will be getting a statue outside the Etihad Stadium alongside club legends Vincent Kompany and David Silva.

Very few Manchester City fans would argue that Aguero is deserving of being immortalized in bronze. Not only has he been one of the greatest strikers in the club’s history, but he has arguably been the best Premier League player of the last decade and is right up there in the debate around the best forwards in the history of English football.

Aguero is unarguably one of the greatest players in Man City‘s history

However, the club announced that the Argentinian would be getting a statue outside the Etihad alongside Kompany and David Silva. While there is no doubt all three individuals deserve to be immortalized in bronze, the question arises, why is Yaya Toure not getting a bronze statue?

A player that has been so vital for the rapid development of City over the past decade deserves a statue of his own at the Etihad.

Following City’s announcement on Monday, some fans believe the Ivory Coast midfielder deserves a similar treatment as a reward for his sacrifices for the Etihad Stadium outfit. The decision not to honor the Ivorian with a statue is ridiculous; a player who was a key figure in the club’s success over the last 10 years.

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Yaya Toure’s Achievements With Man City

Yaya Toure’s strike ended Man City 35 year trophy drought

Where do we start with Toure’s achievements for the club?

The Ivory Coast midfielder scored the only goal in the 2011 FA Cup final that ended the club’s 35-year wait for a trophy. He was the driving force behind City’s Premier League triumph in 2014, scoring a remarkable 20 goals that season, and as a result, was voted Man City Player of the Year.

The statistics speak for themselves. In 230 appearances for the Cityzens, he scored 62 goals. It is difficult to argue that he wasn’t one of the most influential players the club had. During the 2013-14 season, he was unstoppable and was one of the greatest midfielders in the world.

It should be noted that Yaya’s contributions have not been totally ignored by the club; he has a pitch named after him at the club’s training ground and a mosaic in his honor.

The likes of Pablo Zabaleta and Joe Hart have the same honors bestowed upon them. However, this pales in comparison to having a statue outside the stadium. Some fans wondered if Toure’s skin color has played any part.

Although, many have leaned on the manner of his exit and how it has tainted his image. They are claiming he burned the bridges with his off-pitch behavior among a lot of City fans.

However, these are just comments, and they are not enough to hold water against a player who respected the club and gave his all for the success of the club; even his birthday was forgotten.

Guardiola’s Interest In Toure’s Statue

Now, if City decides to give Yaya Toure a statue would Pep Guardiola allow it? Or would he be happy? A valid question that needs an answer.

Guardiola allegedly frustrated Yaya out of Man City

The arrival of Pep Guardiola drove the final nail in Yaya’s coffin; the several fallouts and bad blood between the player and manager. The Ivorian found playing time hard to come by, exiled from the rest of the group, and forced to train alone. It got to a point he had to air his concerns in an interview via France Football. He said, “It got to the point I asked myself if it was because of my color”.

There have always been indications that African footballers don’t get recognition for their hard work and dedication in English clubs. There’s no midfielder at Man City better than Yaya Toure, but he’s African, and assumed a “ball boy.”

Yaya deserves a statue alongside the great trio

It is so unfortunate and sad that he can’t get the recognition he deserves, but football fans will never forget and will always show their respect. It seems as though the mosaic will have to suffice for the great Toure.