Kolo: Yaya’s like Cantona, but he deserved award

Mark Holmes
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Kolo Toure has compared his brother Yaya’s attitude to that of Eric Cantona but agrees he should have won the African player of the year award.

Yaya Toure said last week that he was “very, very disappointed” to have missed out on the award to Gabon’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang having won it for four years in a row prior to this one.

Kolo Toure saw the funny side about his brother’s reaction but believes it simply proved what a winner the Manchester City midfielder is.

“I haven’t spoken to him yet, I think he would be angry with me as well,” the Liverpool centre-half told The Guardian. “I need to teach Yaya how to speak a bit more.”

He added: “Yaya is a good player but some of the big players like Eric Cantona are very strong-willed. I think that is how he is. He is a winner and, when he doesn’t win everything, goes a little bit crazy. For me he deserved that award. He was the only African player voted in the top four or five players in the world, but he doesn’t win African player of the year. We also won the Africa Cup of Nations and that is why he was expecting to win.

“I will always be behind my brother but this is the game, sometimes you lose and sometimes you win. Yaya’s reaction is because he is a winner. I know deep inside he is a nice guy. I saw so many comments but I think the football world pushes him to do things that are not really him. He says some things that he doesn’t need to say. When you are a player you have to learn to be more relaxed. When you win, it is fun. When you lose, it is OK. This is life.”