The stories of Yaya Toure and Yacine Brahimi whose lives have been transformed by their glittering careers in football.
Cote d’Ivoire captain and Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure admits to being a dreamer from childhood, “Even wake up, I was dreaming sometimes.”
The Ivorian had been training at the MimoSifcom Academy in Cote d’Ivoire – home to the ASEC Mimosas of Abidjan – when he was spotted by former player and coach Jean-Marc Guillou. Toure’s brother, Kolo, had already made a splash playing for the Mimosas and soon joined Arsenal in the English Premier League. The two brothers would be reunited later in their careers.
Guillou noticed the younger Toure’s skill and ambition: “When they told me he was Kolo’s brother, I said he was better than his brother … Everything seemed easy for him. He was very determined and knew what he wanted. Back then I said this kid could eventually win the Golden Boot.”
He’s really an outstanding personality. For me it will be no surprise if one day Yaya will be like Nelson Mandela.
Yacine Brahimi, FC Porto
Brahimi joined French club Rennes straight from Clairefontaine, after being spotted by the director of the Rennes Training Centre, Patrick Rampillon. He went on loan to Clermont-Ferrand until his return to Rennes, despite interest from bigger clubs such as Arsenal and Real Madrid. But a shin injury ultimately led to changes for Brahimi sooner than he’d expected.
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