Ivory Coast and Manchester City’s star midfield Yaya Toure has hit out at fellow African footballers, claiming a “fatalistic resignation” has prevented more players from the continent reaching the summit of the game.
The four-time African Footballer of the Year was the only player from Africa to make it onto the recent shortlist for the Ballon d’Or award and discussed the dearth of players from the continent in an interview with France Football (h/t the Guardian).
“Africans have a tendency to slack off,” said Toure. “They are living in a world of their own. They believe they made it, they are the greatest, the strongest. But they don’t understand that there are many more hills to climb to reach the top.”
The 32-year-old continued, citing a lack of hunger among African players:
Unfortunately, many only see the bright side of this job: the easy money, the girls, the parties, the big cars and the beautiful clothes. And they give up too quickly on the idea of matching the best players.
Many are content with little. They send money back home and are safe for the next few years. What is the point of suffering? I have the feeling they prohibit themselves from dreaming big with a kind of fatalistic resignation. They believe that the highest level is not for them.
The point is a valid one from Toure, especially given the absence of African players from the Ballon d’Or list.
According to Toure, those kinds of players have set a high standard. “For some time now, I have also seen that Africans are struggling to impose themselves or to exist in larger teams,” he said. “But all this is just the fault of Didier [Drogba], Eto’o, [Michael Essien or [Jay Jay] Okocha. And perhaps, too, a little bit of my own, without wanting to look pretentious.”
Culled from: Bleacherreport