The thirty year-old is one of the major reasons for City's recent success; but his contribution has been overshadowed largely by his team mates.
On a night out after England qualified for the World Cup, dozens of youngsters spilled on to the streets at 3am to sing Manchester City's famous chant about Yaya and his brother Kolo for no apparent reason!
Citizens fan Joe Friar, 20, told the Manchester Evening News: 'One of my flatmates is a Chelsea fan and he loves the Yaya/Kolo Toure chant and the actions after seeing me do it.”
'We came out of a club and he started doing it in the middle of the road for some reason.’
'I'd had a few so I joined in, being a Blue, and then loads of other people who were coming out of clubs started doing it as well and it seemed to catch on. It's pretty easy to pick up.
Toure himself tweeted the video and said: 'Thank you for the dedication from Newcastle lol! It will take me to get to the kolo dance yaya.'
What makes Yaya Toure so special?
The Ivory Coast International is one of those gems buried in the ground. They have been unearthed but no one has bothered to take them out, dust them and let them shine brighter than the sun.
Yaya Toure isn’t given that recognition and acclaim that he deserves. Today, when we talk about the world’s best holding midfielders, not many would name Toure. The Xavis, Alonsos, Pirlos, Khediras, Martinezs, Bastians will be the common answers you’ll get. Here’s a look at Yaya Toure:
Touré is renowned for combining great vision, passing ability, and physical power with technique. A versatile player, he aspired to be a striker during his youthand has played centre back, including for FC Barcelona in the 2009 UEFA Champions League Final. Toure developed his game into playing as a box-to-box midfielder for club and country and often switches from defensive and offensive positions throughout matches. Touré began his playing career at Ivorian club ASEC Mimosas, where he made his debut aged 18. Over the years he played for Beveren in Belgium, Metalurh Donetsk in Ukraine, Olympiacos in Greece, and AS Monaco in France before moving to Barcelona in 2007. Yaya played over 100 matches for the club and was part of the historic 2009 Barcelona team which won six trophies in one calendar year.
On 2 July 2010, Touré signed a five-year deal with Premier League club Manchester City for a fee of around £24 million. He recently signed an extension with the citizens which puts him at the Etihad till 2017. In his first season, he was mightily influential in the centre pairing with Gareth Barry. He flourished under Roberto Mancini where he was allowed to play a naturally attacking style of football which was curbed at Barcelona.
On 16 April 2011, Touré scored the only goal of the game in a Man of the Match performance against Manchester United in the FA Cup semi-final. Touré continued his Wembley success by scoring the only goal in his side's 1–0 win over Stoke City in the 2011 FA Cup Final, ending Manchester City's 35-year wait for a major trophy, and writing himself into Manchester City folklore in the process.
His efforts were rewarded as he was crowned African Footballer of the Year for 2011, an impressive achievement for a midfielder, since the previous 12 awards have gone to African strikers.
He followed up his rousing performances next season too, bagging the African Footballer of the Year 2012 trophy. Not just for club, he has been sensational for country too. Touré has 74 caps for Ivory Coast, representing the team in their first appearance in a FIFA World Cup, in the 2006 competition and then in 2010.
In the 2011-12 season, England saw the two Manchester clubs fight it out for the trophy in the most enthralling season of the premier league. A victory against Manchester United at the Etihad Stadium would move City to top on goal difference. The match was keenly anticipated as one of the most important matches in the Premier League's 20-year history. Manchester City won the match, thanks to a Vincent Kompany headed goal just before half-time. Touré's performance throughout the match garnered many plaudits in the media, describing his performance as "dominant" and "magnificient."
Toure netted a brace on 6 May 2012 in City's 2–0 win over Newcastle United, moving three points above Manchester United with one game left to play in the Premier League season. On the final day of the season, Touré played the full first half before coming off due to injury as City defeated Queens ParkRangers 3–2 on the final day of the season, assisting Pablo Zabaleta's opening goal in the 39th minute, to secure the first league championship for the Sky Blues in 44 years.
Valued at 30 million Euros as on date, the thirty year-old is the most experienced and prolific footballers in England. He has started the 13-14 season looking deadly as ever. If City want to win their second premier league, Yaya Toure performance will be critical.