Produced on May 13, 1983, in Bouak, Ivory Coast, Yaya Tour started his European football profession in Belgium in 2001. Tour subsequently became teammates with his older brother in Manchester City and appeared as a fan favorite for helping the English team stop its drawn-out tournament drought.
Gngnri Yaya Tour was born on May 13, 1983, in Bouak, Ivory Coast, and spent much of his youth in the town of Abidjan. Although he grew up with little cash and did not possess his first pair of football shoes until age 10, Tour shown apparent fit abilities in street games with siblings and friends. Following in the footsteps of his older brother, Kolo, Tour became a notable player for the youth team of the Abidjan-based ASEC Mimosas.
Tour started his European career in 2001 at K.S.K. Beveren, a Belgian team that featured several African players. Signed by Spanish giants FC Barcelona in 2007, Tour was an associate of the star-studded team that won an unprecedented six prizes during the 2009 calendar year.
Wanting to play alongside Kolo, Tour joined England’s Manchester City team in July 2010. It was a tremendously successful move, as Tour scored the only goal in the 2011 FA Cup final to give Manchester City its first major title in 35 years, and then led the team to its first Premier League tournament in 44 years the next season. Observed both in England and in his home country, Tour was named African Footballer of the Year for the 2nd successive time in the year 2012.