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‘Yaya Toure could’ve won the Ballon d’Or’

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Yaya Toure could have won the Ballon d’Or if he put in more hardwork to go with his talent, according to his brother Kolo Toure.

Yaya Toure would win the Ballon d’Or if he was more hardworking with his talent, his elder brother Kolo has revealed.

Yawa built a reputation as one of the most complete midfielders around during his prime.

The 36-year-old won numerous awards to go with. A four-time African Footballer of the year award, he was also nominated for the Ballon d’Or five times.

Yaya’s highest finish though, was 12th position in the Ballon d’Or back in 2012.

Kolo Toure, who starred with him at Manchester City, believes his brother had the talent to win the award but was lacking more hard-work in his game.

“I have never had the chance to say thank you to the people who do that. It touches my heart. When you come to another country and the people embrace you and like you, give you praise and even sing your name, it is unbelievable for me and my brother,” he told BBC Sport.

“I can’t compare myself to my brother. He was a better player than me, for sure. I know he loves City but because English is not our first language, sometimes we say things we don’t mean.

“He did better than me here and he is more talented. But I am more competitive than Yaya. I was a better runner and I worked hard.

“If Yaya had my work, with his talent, he would win the Ballon d’Or.”

Kolo Toure was a member of the famous Gunner’s invincibles squad before going on to play for City and then Liverpool.

No doubt, Yaya and Kolo are up there as one of football’s most famous brothers in the sport.