Yaya Toure says he is not loved in Ivory Coast

Yaya Toure says he is not loved in Ivory Coast
Le Président de la Côte d’Ivoire Alassane Ouattara avec le capitaine des Eléphants Yaya Touré

by Phumzile Ngcatshe

Thursday Jul 27, 2017. 11:00

Cote d'Ivoire and Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure says he feels hated by his country as he revealed the reasons why he retired from international football.

Having won four CAF Player of the Year awards, two English Premier League titles, two Spanish La Liga titles, one UEFA Champions League title and the Africa Cup of Nations trophy, Toure is a legend of the game.

However, the 34-year-old midfielder believes he is not loved in his homeland hence his stance on remaining retired from international football.

Toure led the Elephants to their first CAF Africa Cup of Nations triumph in 2015, but decided to quit the national side since that night in Equatorial Guinea when they beat Ghana on penalties.

Speaking to ESPN, the big Ivorian said he was disappointed with the treatment after trying so hard to help the team win the AFCON.


"It felt Unbelievable. We'd been fighting for how many years to bring the trophy? Losing in the finals two times, and sometimes when things happen they would say it was me, the main one who made them lose all the time, and I was very, very disappointed,” he said to ESPN.

"I think the way I've been treated, I was living in my mind like I was the most hated person in this country because they're always creating things with my big brothers, and always create problems between players.

"Cristiano Ronaldo, it's never happened to him in his country. I think [Cameroon's] Samuel Eto'o was fine, he was very loved in his country. Me, I was worse.

"Any problems that happened in this national team was me. It made me sad the way I was feeling, like I was the most hated person.

“What I was trying to do was show them that I love the country despite what happened to me. I promised my wife and my family and friends I would bring them a trophy and then I left.

"No. To be honest, I was very sad at what is happening for my country. Sometimes you're not the king in your country, but you're a king outs

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