Gnégnéri Yaya Touré, commonly known as Yaya Touré, is an Ivorian international football star who plays as a midfielder for Premier English League club Manchester City and the Côte d'Ivoire national team, “The Elephants”.
Touré is renowned for combining great vision, passing ability, and physical power with technique. He began his playing career at Ivorian club ASEC Mimosas (Côte d’Ivoire), where he made his debut aged 18. He was voted African Footballer of the Year for 2011 and 2012. Also, he was voted Ivorian Footballer of the Year 2008 and 2009.
His performances attracted attention from Europe, playing for clubs in minor European leagues. Touré played for Beveren in Belgium, Metalurh Donetsk in Ukraine, Olympiacos in Greece, and AS Monaco in France. In 2007, Touré moved to Barcelona, playing over 100 matches for the club and was part of the historic 2009 Barcelona team which won six trophies, including the champions’ league, in one calendar year. Touré then moved to Premier League club Manchester City in 2010, where he has since scored a number of key goals for the Citizens.
Touré has a distinguished international career with 74 caps for Côte d'Ivoire, representing the team in their first appearance in a FIFA World Cup, in the 2006 competition and in 2010. He is the younger brother of his Côte d'Ivoire and former Manchester City teammate Kolo Touré.
His key strengths are his passing and shooting ability. He is known for immense physical presence which is often combined with lungbursting runs from midfield, and has consequently been referred to as a "human train" and a "colossus" by various pundits.
Touré is frequently pushed forward during the latter part of matches, most notably in the penultimate match of the 2011–12 season against Newcastle United where Touré scored two late goals to win the match, and put Manchester City at the top of the league
When he is not in the field, Touré has an interest in social and environmental activities.
He is supporting several youth associations and is involved in the protection of the forest in his country of origin.
Touré is married with 3 children.