Yaya Toure picks his best ever XI – includes former United and Arsenal stars!

Yaya Touré interview

Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure was asked to choose his all-time best XI.

Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure selected former Manchester United shot-stopper Fabien Barthez and ex-Arsenal skipper Patrick Vieira in his all-time best XI.

The Ivorian international skipper was speaking ahead of the Citizens' Champions League clash against Bayern Munich.

While clearly only a player of the modern generation, Toure did his best to include star names of the past, although the majority of the XI were active and in their prime within the past 15 years.

Among the names include Pele, Diego Maradona and Zinedine Zidane – three players widely regarding as the greatest ever – although he found space for a couple of highly-debatable selections including Barthez.

The former Red Devils number one probably wouldn’t be included among the top three United goalkeepers this side of the millennium but certainly made an impression on Toure.

During a four-year stint with United, the former French international World Cup winner played 139 games in all competitions for the club, winning the Premier League twice.

The other Premier League nominee came in the form of former Arsenal skipper and current well-respected City reserve team manager Vieira.

The former midfielder played a key role in the rise of the Gunners under boss Arsene Wenger and was the leader of their famous Invincibles season – going a total of 49 Premier League games unbeaten.

Vieira won three Premier League titles in North London, four FA Cups and later five consecutive Serie A titles with both Juventus and Inter Milan among other honours.

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