Ivorian professional footballer Yaya Toure has an estimated net worth of $47 million (£30m) as of 2015, according to the Sunday Times Rich List. Born Gnégnéri Yaya Touré on May 13, 1983 in Bouaké, Ivory Coast. Considered one of Africa’s biggest football stars, the Ivorian international started his career with Beveren in 2001–2003, Metalurh Donetsk 2003–2005, Olympiacos 2005–2006, Monaco 2006–2007, Barcelona 2007–2010 and since 2010 he has been playing for Manchester City. He also play for the Ivory Coast national team.
Toure’s imposing midfield presence yielded more than 20 goals for Manchester City this season. He joined the club from Barcelona in 2010 in a £24m transfer. One pay rise later, Toure has a contract to 2017 worth about £220,000 a week. The reigning African footballer of the year – having also won the award in 2011 and 2012 – Toure will add to his 82 Ivory Coast caps at next month’s World Cup. His endorsement deal with Puma is unusual in that it involves an element of payment through the supply of large quantities of sportswear, which Toure, 30, passes on to children in Africa. He is a national hero in Ivory Coast, where he was born, but says he is undervalued globally as a player because he is not from Europe or South America. France Football last month put his annual earnings at about £13.3m. We add £6m to his overall wealth in the past year.
Toure has received African Player of the Year three consecutive times since 2011 and is recognized as one of the Côte d’Ivoire’s ‘Golden Generation.’ He was an important player in the Barcelona team that won the Champions League in 2009 and is currently the engine room of Manchester City’s team. He earns a reported $15million a year to reinforce his status as one of the world’s best.