Friday 20 April 2018

No birthday Bugatti, Yaya

Yaya Toure in their strip for the World Cup
Yaya Toure in their strip for the World Cup

Evan Fanning

MOST people saw Yaya Toure's threat to leave Manchester City because he felt the club failed to sufficiently acknowledge his 31st birthday as some sort of reinforcement of the idea that football has lost the plot. That's €270,000-a-week Yaya Toure, of course, for whom City posted messages of congratulations on pretty much all forms of social media and presented him with a cake while on a flight to Abu Dhabi, so it's hard to argue that the plot hasn't gone missing somewhere along the way.

But some might say that poor old Yaya was merely striking a blow for downtrodden workers the world over whose birthdays go largely unnoticed by their employers. Sure, there might be a card with some scrawled messages from people we barely know, but Yaya wants more than that for us. He says we deserve more than that. Granted, you have to look fairly hard into his and his agent's complaints to get the image as Yaya as a shop steward fighting for workers' rights, but it's probably in there somewhere."Yaya got a cake but when it was Roberto Carlos's birthday the president of Anzhi gave him a Bugatti," claimed Toure's agent. "The club's owners ate a 100kg cake after winning the Premier League but ... none of them shook his hand on his birthday. It shows they don't care about him."

But we care about Yaya and now we might lose him, though the fact that he's getting so upset over a missing handshake probably proves he's spent too much time in English football as it is.

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