Even multi-millionaire soccer players just want to feel loved. Manchester City star Yaya Toure was very unhappy about his birthday celebration. The club’s paltry efforts to celebrate his 31st sparked his agent to reach out to multiple British media outlets, threatening his client might leave the club.
“Of course Yaya is upset about this. It is his birthday and nobody said anything or shook his hand, so he does not feel comfortable.
“If this happened to you as a journalist in the BBC and nobody shakes your hand, you will say bye-bye and go to work for somebody else. It is normal.”
The club released video of Toure receiving a “Happy Birthday” sing-a-long and a cake on the team plane. It’s possible Toure did not notice, since he neither removed his headphones nor looked up from his laptop. His agent noted that Russian club Anzhi Makhachkala presented Robert Carlos with a Bugatti on his birthday.
“He got a cake but when it was Roberto Carlos’s birthday, the president of Anzhi gave him a Bugatti,” Seluk told BBC Sport.
“I don’t expect City to present Yaya with a Bugatti, we only asked that they shook his hand and said ‘we congratulate you’. It is the minimum they must do when it is his birthday and the squad is all together.
Toure made light of the situation on Twitter and instructed fans to listen to him, not his agent employed by him.
Thanks for all the birthday messages today. Card from City just arrived… Must have got lost in the post. Haha—
yaya toure (@Toure_yaya42) May 20, 2014
The Ivorian signed an extension to his $18 million-per-year contract after last season, which makes him one of the world’s 10 highest-paid soccer players. As Transfer Window veterans, we’d suspect he really feels “very upset” Manchester City has not offered him a raise. Or, has found out another club is unofficially willing to offer him a raise.
This is still only the second most ridiculous story to emerge from the Toure brothers. His older brother Kolo was caught having an illicit two-year affair, while pretending to be a used car salesman named “Francois.”
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