Former Barcelona and Manchester City legend, Yahya Toure, 35 has announced his retirement from football after a stellar career spanning 17 years which saw him win 13 major trophies in Greece, Spain and England.
This was disclosed by his agent Dimitri Seluk while speaking to Sport 24.
He said: “Yaya has decided to end his career as a champion.
“The farewell match which Manchester City gave him was, in principle, the real end of his playing career, not only in that team but in general.
“Yaya is one of the best players in Africa and had one of the brightest careers in the history of African football, so should leave football at its peak. We talked for a long time on this topic.
“Of course every footballer wants to play as long as possible and in terms of his physical condition, Yaya could do this at a sufficiently high level for another five years.
“But we came to the conclusion that he, the footballer who played for Barcelona and Manchester City, could not lower the bar.”
Toure began his professional career in Belgium with Beveren before spells with Ukrainian club Metalurh Donetsk, Olympiacos, Monaco, Barcelona and Manchester City.
He hangs up his boots having won 17 trophies, including three Premier League titles, two La Liga titles, one AFCON and the Champions League.
According to his agent, the Ivorian, 35, plans to move into coaching and is in the process of completing his badges and qualification.