Title rival says Chelsea striker and hero pair are 'more than legends'

Drogba Ivory Coast

Yaya Toure has been full of praise for Didier Drogba and Samuel Eto'o this weekend.

Everyone has their own opinion as to who should win the PFA Player of the Year award after the nominations were revealed yesterday.

For me, while it is a tight call between him and Luis Suarez, it has to be Yaya Toure.

His swashbuckling style has seen a set-piece dexterity, attacking prowess and consistency added to it this season.

The fact is that with only a few weeks left of the season City are now set to struggle to win the title - with Yaya put for two weeks injured.

But the Manchester City star does not seem to think he will receive this accolade - at least if his pessimistic views shared to the BBC yesterday are anything to go by.

He does not feel that he gets the credit or recognition he deserves because he is African - suggesting that if he was European he would be considered a more complete talent than he is at the moment.

But not to get involved in a debate on a saturated topic - for me it is what he went on to say about a current Chelsea peer and a former Chelsea legend that perked my interest.

He was asked if the likes of Samuel Eto’o and Didier Drogba had made significant contributions - and whether they too felt under-appreciated - this was his answer:

"Those players [Eto’o and Drogba] are more than legends for me and Africa. Definitely [they feel under-appreciated]. I 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."

The Ivorian is clearly proud of his heritage - and not afraid to forget his current title run-in with Chelsea to praise two strikers of theirs, past and present, when it comes to bigging up his beloved continent.

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