Manchester City and Ivory Coast midfielder Yaya Toure believes African players are lacking the hunger to succeed in world football.
Toure was this week named a one of the ten nominees for the CAF Player of the Year and is the current holder of the title.
He has also won it a record four times in a row.Toure is the only African player to be nominated for the 2015 Ballon d’Or
In a recent interview with France Football Toure gave his thoughts on why there are a few world class African players.
‘Many are content with little he said.”They send money back home and are safe for the next few years. What is the point of suffering?
“I have the feeling they prohibit themselves from dreaming big with a kind of fatalistic resignation.
They believe that the highest level is not for them.”
Toure also highlighted slackening by African footballers. “Africans have a tendency to slack off,” he said. “They are living in a world of their own. They believe they made it, they are the greatest, the strongest. But they don’t understand that there are many more hills to climb to reach the top.
“Unfortunately, many only see the bright side of this job: the easy money, the girls, the parties, the big cars and the beautiful clothes. And they give up too quickly on the idea of matching the best players.”
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