Manchester City were accused of overpaying for ‘Barcelona reject’ Yaya Toure in 2010… eight years on he will play his final home game as a wealthy man with the club rich in silverware.
The old joke told by those on the red side of Manchester used to go as follows: ‘Police are investigating a break-in at Manchester City’s trophy room. Officers say they want to speak to a man spotted carrying a blue rug under his arm.’
And then the money — and players like Yaya Toure — rolled in and the only ones laughing now are City’s supporters, with the balance of power well and truly shifted.
The powers-that-be at the Etihad Stadium paid Barcelona £24million for the big Ivorian’s services in 2010 and at the time many were sceptical. They had overpaid, they said. What good a Barcelona reject in the rough and tumble of the English game?
On Wednesday night, Toure will step out for the last time on City soil, proudly wearing the captain’s armband. He will get a rapturous reception from the formerly long-suffering in the stands. There will be tears in the house and there will be good reason. This is an occasion.
The 34-year-old arrived on a lucrative five-year deal and extensions have followed. He will depart a very wealthy man. But City are now rich in silverware. It is barely believable.
Mail Online (Sports).