We remember the brilliant passage of the Ivorian Yaya Toure FC Barcelona in 2007-2008, where he rubbed Brazilian legend Ronaldinho. The two men who are mutually appreciative, seem to have kept great memories. That year, Barça finished third in La Liga and reached the semi-finals of the Champions League.
Following the announcement of the sporting retreat of the legendary Brazilian midfielder, the African champion paid tribute to him.
” What an impressive career! Congratulations Ronnie, it has been a pleasure for me to play with you . ” These are the words addressed by Yaya Toure to Ronaldinho.
The 2005 Golden Ball made a statement thanking all those who supported him during his career.
” Thank you my God, for this life you gave me, for my family, my friends and my profession !!! After three decades dedicated to football, I say goodbye to my biggest dream, a dream that has come true !!! For twenty years, I did what I loved most professionally, not to mention my ten years of training. I lived intensely this childhood dream. Every moment, travels, victories, defeats, critics, the national anthem, the tunnel, the cloakroom, the entry on the field, the crampons that I used, the good and the bad balloons, the cracks with whom I played and those I could only fight on the play, but I still admire today! Everything was incredible !!! My father and my family supported me so much that I got there, it was a team effort.