Defensive midfielder Toure is the younger brother of international team-mate Kolo and was once described by one of the coaches at junior side ASEC Mimosas as a player who “made football look easy, [he] had a vision of the field, even as a teenager, that you expect from a coach, and always played with his head up”.
He joined Belgian side Beveren as an 18-year-old and was offered the chance to follow Kolo to Arsenal in 2003, but failed to do enough during a trial to persuade them to sign him. The following year he joined Ukrainian side Metalurg Donetsk for £1.4m, but it proved to be an unhappy move.
Moves to Greek side Olympiakos and French outfit Monaco rejuvenated his career and Spanish giants Barcelona beat off a number of other clubs to sign him in 2007. Toure, who stands 6ft 3ins, helped them win a Spanish league, Copa del Rey and the Champions League treble in the 2008/2009 season.
Despite winning the La Liga title again this year, his agent says there is a “90% chance” that he will leave the club this summer, with the English premier League looking his most likely destination.
His full name is Yaya Gnegneri Toure - Yaya means grandmother in Greek.
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