Recently questioned about the decline in performance of African footballers in Europe, the Ivorian international Yaya Toure seems to have an idea about those who are responsible for this situation. For the Manchester City midfielder, this is the responsibility of legends like Eto’o, Drogba, Okocha and Michael Essien who set the bar so high through their lawn performances that it became impossible for the new generation to surpass them.
” For some time now, I too have noticed that Africans have a hard time winning or existing in the biggest teams. But all this is a bit of the fault of Didier, Eto’o, Essien or Okocha. And perhaps, too, a little bit of mine, without wanting to be pretentious. These players have set the bar so high that it’s very hard to get behind. ”
Yaya Toure adds that this inability to have players of Drogba or Eto’o level is justified by the fact that young footballers are more oriented to the search for money, pretty girls and forget to work without stopping to become the best: ” Africans sometimes let themselves go too fast. They are in their world, they think they have arrived, the most beautiful, the strongest. But they do not understand that there are many more steps to climb to the top. Unfortunately, many see this job as the good side: easy money, girls, outings, pretty cars, beautiful clothes. And give up too quickly the idea of looking for the best. They do not always know how to suffer. ”
Taking the example of Samuel Eto’o, Yaya Toure explains that Samuel Eto’o worked constantly and always wanting to go higher and win titles: ” Many are content with little. They send money home and are safe for the next few years. Why hurt yourself? In fact, I feel they do not want to aim high. As if by fatalism. They think that the best of the best is not for them. And why not ? Although he sometimes passed for someone a little arrogant or pretentious, Samuel Eto’o, he had this hunger to show and climb at the top. “