Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure feels being African hurts his chances of winning individual awards.
The 30-year-old echoed club colleague Samir Nasriâ€™s claim that only his birthplace has blocked him from being hailed as one of the best midfielders in the world.
â€śI think what Samir was saying was definitely true,â€ť Toure told BBC Sport.
â€śTo be honest, proper recognition has only come from the fans. I donâ€™t want to be hard and I donâ€™t want to be negative, but I want to be honest.â€ť
Compatriot Didier Drogba and Cameroon striker Samuel Etoâ€™o have also reached the top level of European football and Toure said: â€śThose players are more than legends for me and Africa.
â€śI am very proud to be African, I want to defend African people and I want to show to the world that African players can be as good as the Europeans and South Americans.â€ť
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