Yaya Toure Is Not Happy At Manchester City But He Isn't The First Player To Hate Football

It’s hard being a footballer at Manchester City. You get paid astronomical amounts of money, people demand you actually perform, and when you don’t you get criticised by the press. So it is hardly surprising that after the club remembered his cake this year Yaya Toure has opted to turn on the British media to vent his frustration, instead of his employers.

In a frank and  somewhat remarkable interview with French publication L’Equipe, the Ivorian has bemoaned the way he is spoken about in the press and talked of his ‘unhappiness’ on these shores: “They have always used their little ways to annoy me to distracted. I often feel that I’m unhappy. A lot.”

You always get the impression with Toure that he never quite likes the game that so many of us would give our left arms to play. He’s one of those who has been handed incredible ability and simply uses it because he has to, not because he wants to.

However, the barraging midfielder will not be the first player to detest the game that pays his wages.


Benoit Assou-Ekotto

He may have had great hair, and no doubt still does, but the former Tottenham and QPR left-back was no fan of playing football. In an interview with the BBC he committed the cardinal sin amongst supporters by referring to football as a mere vocation: “Football is just a job. But a very good job!”

Refreshing honesty from the Cameroonian? Or just a classic footballer who doesn’t respect what he has?

He did also go on to confirm his real passions in life: “My interests are my friends and music, especially hip-hop. I like Ice Cube and 50 Cent.” Well, who can blame Benoit for indulging in a bit of Cube and Fiddy?


Curtis Woodhouse

The former Sheffield United youngster hated the game so much that he gave it up to get punched in the head repeatedly. Now that is dedication that you very rarely see on the football pitch.

Woodhouse was a promising midfielder with the Blades and even got a £1m move to Birmingham in 2001. However, after just two seasons in the Midlands he began a nomadic existence and became disillusioned with the game.

The Beverley-born man said football made him ‘angry’, so boxing seemed a pretty logical move. Don’t worry though, he still keeps his eye in as the manager of Hull United.


Stephen Ireland

Ahhh, remember not too long ago when Stephen Ireland was the toast of Manchester, all set for great things? Then he unveiled that horrendous back tattoo, lied about his grandmother dying and moved on loan to Newcastle. A disastrous trio in anyone’s money.

Well after the whole debacle surrounding whether his grandmother was indeed breathing or not, the midfielder took to latter day social media experiment Bebo to voice his disdain at the sport. No, really he had Bebo.

Anyway he used expletives to magnify his anger. Amazingly he is still just 29 years old and can occasionally be found playing for Stoke, in case you weren’t sure.


David Batty

A tenacious midfielder who loved a tackle and mixing it up with the very best. Surely former Leeds, Blackburn and Newcastle stalwart David Batty absolutely loves the game right? Well, not quite.

Back in 2007 Batty derided the state of English football, especially the national team, and said what everyone always does about international football: “The national game is boring. And I’ve not been to watch any match since I finished playing. I can never understand anybody paying to watch it, never mind going all the way across the world to see it. You want to be entertained.”

Maybe if you hadn’t have missed that penalty against Argentina there might be a bit more excitement around the national team, eh David?


Christian Vieri

The Italian bulldozer claims he ‘wasn’t very good at football’. Imagine being not very good and scoring over 100 goals for Inter and averaging a strike every other game for Italy. Impressive stuff.

Anyway, the Australian raised Italian would have rather spent his time with a bat in hand bludgeoning balls to a boundary. His passion for cricket fair outweighed his desire to put the ball in the back of the net apparently.