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Top facts about Kolo Toure, the Ivorian star

Thu 13 May 2021 | 10:30

How much do you remember about the former Ivory Coast international? Does he spark the same amount of joy in your heart as he does for Arsenal fans? You’ll never know unless you follow us below as we go through some of the more interesting facts about Kolo Toure that you probably didn’t know.

Younger Premier League fans might not remember the days of Kolo Toure creating a solid wall against the opposition defenders alongside Sol Campbell in Arsenal, but we surely do reminisce about those days, when The Invincibles were still a formidable side in the English league and had a fierce rivalry with Sir Alex Ferguson’s Manchester United. Top teams such as Arsenal, Manchester City and Liverpool from England and Celtic from Scotland were lucky enough to have Toure in their ranks. But the now 40-year-old Ivorian is mostly known for his prime days at Arsenal and later Manchester City.

Many of you, especially those of you who are Premier League fans, surely know much about the

facts about Kolo Toure

, but it is still worth taking a look back at his illustrious career in England, while also going through some of the most interesting facts about the Ivorian defensive midifielder. How did Toure become a star at

Arsenal

? What did he win during his career in England and Scotland? Where is he now? Let’s start with the first question.

Having gotten the attention of several elite European clubs during his youth days at ASEC Mimosas, Arsene Wenger spotted the Ivorian talent back in 2002 and handed him a contract to secure one of the brightest defensive talents of the era. Toure quickly moved to Arsenal, but had to wait another season to finally have his break into the first team.

One of the lesser known facts about Kolo Toure is that he used to be a winger or even a striker in the very early stages of his career, but Wenger saw fit to deploy the Ivorian as first a defensive midfielder and then as a main center-back, which helped shape his whole career as a world-class defender. While Toure was usually a utility player at Arsenal during the first years of his career with the Gunners, it did not take him much longer to become a regular starter as the club’s main center-back.

Having spent almost seven years at Arsenal, Toure won the

Premier League

, two FA Cups and two Charity (Community) Shields and later moved to

Manchester City

for reportedly €19 million back in 2009, where he also got to be a vital part of the English club.

He spent another four years at City before moving to Liverpool on a free transfer in 2013. There are many interesting

facts about Kolo Toure

that eternally bind him to each and every of the English clubs he played for throughout his career. So follow us below as we take a look at some of these coincidental yet quite poetic facts about Kolo Toure that could blow your mind.

Facts about Kolo Toure you probably didn’t know

Obviously not everything can be covered about the current 

Leicester City

assistant manager, who hung up his boots in 2017. But we have selected a couple of the more intriguing

facts about Kolo Toure

that will surely pique your interest. Much is left to know about the Ivorian center-back, from his brother to his historic Premier League title and even his poetic matches against Liverpool. But before we move further ahead, we have provided you a list of basic information about the former Ivory Coast international, which could give you an overview of the former footballer.

  • Full name: Kolo Abib Toure

  • Date of birth: 19 March 1981

  • Place of birth: Bouake, Ivory Coast

  • Height: 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)

  • Marital status: Married

  • Current club: Leicester City (Assistant manager)

  • Zodiac sign: Pisces

Now let’s get down to business and go through some of the top facts about Kolo Toure, who made history as an Ivorian.

Kolo Toure birthday and zodiac sign

Kolo Toure birthday is on 19 March. He was born in 1981, which means that the Ivorian is currently 40 years old. The former Liverpool and Manchester City center-back shares his birthday with the likes of current Arsenal defender Hector Bellerin,

Chelsea

midfielder

Hakim Ziyech

and footballing legend Alessandro Nesta, who were all born on the same day as

Kolo Toure birthday

.

These people obviously share another common fact with each other, which is clearly their zodiac sign. Being born on the 19th day of March means that their zodiac sign is Pisces. People born under this zodiac sign tend to be empathetic, emotional, impressionable and generous.

Kolo Toure childhood story

Kolo Abib Toure was born in Bouake, the second-largest city in the country of Ivory Coast, where he was raised as a devout Muslim. Even to this day, the former Arsenal center-back observes fasting in the Islamic holy month of Ramadan.

Not much is known about

Kolo Toure childhood

as he comes from humble beginnings. Just like many other footballers who had a difficult childhood, Toure helped his family by earning money through selling newspapers and shining shoes. One of the most heartwarming facts about Kolo Toure childhood is that his love for his family only grew stronger despite the difficulties he faced from early on. Even now, he sends money back home to Ivory Coast on a regular basis to help his family.

There are many footballing brothers out there, who have all made it to the big stage and are known for the talent that runs in their family, with the likes of Frank & Ronald de Boer and Gary & Phil Neville having already cemented their position in the footballing halls of fame. The Toure brothers are also one such example, as many still reminisce about the days Kolo and his younger brother Yaya used to dominate the pitch at Manchester City.

Kolo also had another younger brother named Ibrahim, who used to play for Al-Ittihad, but sadly passed away suffering from cancer in 2014 at the age of 28. The Toure brothers also have a sister named Belinda.

First Ivory Coast international in the Premier League

The younger generation are currently witnessing history being made by mostly young footballers from the United States, with the likes of

Christian Pulisic

, Sergino Dest and Weston McKennie making their presence known at world-class clubs such as Chelsea,

Barcelona

and Juventus and setting new records once every couple of months. But the way we remember it, it was the likes of Kolo Toure who used to make history with their appearances.

That is exactly what happened when Toure first joined Arsenal. The then young defensive midfielder was in fact the first high-profile Ivory Coast international to play in the English Premier League and the first Ivorian to play for clubs such as Arsenal and Liverpool. The African center-back went on to captain more than three teams in his career, accumulating a total of 105 international caps throughout the years.

Feud with Gallas

Football is obviously a game requiring lots of teamwork, chemistry, passion and even friendship. That is why it is important a club’s players get to know each other better and even become lifelong friends during and even after their careers at the said club, just like what we see in the likes of

Lionel Messi

and Luis Suarez, who created a strong bond of friendship at Barcelona, or

Cristiano Ronaldo

and Marcelo, whose chemistry and friendship will never be forgotten by Madridistas.

The Brazilian left-back even claimed that he cried his eyes out the night that he found out his mate was going to leave Real for another club in Italy. But while there are such historic and memorable friendships and good relationships in football, there are also those players who can’t even stand the sight of each other. Little detail is known about this particular feud, but it was speculated that Kolo Toure fell out with fellow Arsenal teammate William Gallas in December of 2008, which led to the Ivorian handing in his transfer request.

It is believed that the reason Toure wanted to transfer out of Arsenal was that the club’s then manager, Arsene Wenger, had reportedly sided with Gallas in the feud instead of trying to calm both sides and rebuild the relationship between the two stars. The feud had gotten so bad that reportedly Gallas had directly complained to the manager about being deployed on the pitch alongside his Ivorian teammate. Of course Toure had to wait a little bit longer as his transfer request was only granted in the summer of 2009.

Manchester City’s first Premier League title

After falling out with William Gallas, Toure handed in his transfer request to the Arsenal board and later signed for Manchester City for €19 million in 2009 and was later joined by his younger brother Yaya Toure in the English club that was recently acquired by new investors, who have since turned City into one of the powerhouses of the world of football. The two created a formidable side together at Manchester City, and helped shape the future of the club and cement their position as title contenders in the Premier League.

While the first year went by without winning any trophies, Kolo Toure helped City win the 2010-11 FA Cup, which was his first trophy at his new club. But while winning the FA Cup was certainly sweet and memorable, it would never even come close to the sensational, historic and unbelievable 2011-12 season, when the Ivory Coast international made history with Manchester City as the club won their very first Premier League title since its formation in 1992.

Of course City had two league titles the late 30s and the late 60s, but they were yearning for a new league title to finally catch up to their neighbors Manchester United. Obviously there still a long way to go as United have a massive number of 20 league titles compared to City’s 6, but the foundations of a fierce rivalry were put in place thanks to Kolo Toure and his brother Yaya.

Kolo’s fate intertwined with Liverpool

There have been many moments in football when we have clearly seen that a player’s destiny is intertwined with a certain club he hasn’t played for yet. One of the most famous and poetic examples of such fates dates back to the time Cristiano Ronaldo scored that brilliant and historic bicycle kick against

Juventus

, which earned him a memorable standing ovation from Juventus fans as the world watched in awe of the class that both the Portuguese striker and the Italian team’s supporters had shown.

While Ronaldo’s phenomenal goal will never be forgotten by fans of football, one could be forgiven for not remembering or even not realizing that Kolo Toure had somewhat of a similar thing going on with Liverpool since the beginning of his career at Arsenal. The Ivorian actually made his very first professional debut at Arsenal against the Reds in the FA Community Shield in 2002, and later went on to don the captain’s armband for the Gunners years later while facing Liverpool in the League Cup.

He faced Liverpool a total of 21 times before joining the Reds on a free transfer in 2013, winning 10 of the matches against the Merseyside club, drawing on 7 occasions and losing 4 games overall. He also went on to score once against Liverpool when he still played for Arsenal in 2006. Having joined Liverpool in July 2013, he became the fifth player to join Liverpool from Manchester City, with the likes of Matt Busby, Patrick Finnerhan, Robbie Fowler and Craig Bellamy all doing the same switch before the Ivory Coast international.

The Twitter fan account

We see thousands and thousands of fake or fan accounts being made to worship, praize or even straight out mock celebrities, and professional footballers aren’t exempt from this rule either. While there are some brilliant and fun accounts made in footballer’s stead, one particular Twitter account caught our eyes as it hilariously showed a not so well-known page parising Kolo Toure during his days at Liverpool.

The account currently has just 9 followers and is long expired by the looks of it. But the hilarious comments made about the Ivorian is surely worth checking out as the said account clearly praises Toure the way Zlatan fans praize their god. It includes comments such as “When Kolo Toure hit puberty, it died”, or “when Kolo Toure was born, he drove his mother home from hospital”, which are clearly inspired by all the comments made about Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who currently plays for

AC Milan

and is still going strong at 39 years old.

Kolo Toure wife and children

The former Arsenal and Celtic center-back is now happily married with two children, spending his days as the assistant manager at Leicester City, hoping to become a fulltime Invincible manager and carry on Arsene Wenger’s legacy. Kolo Toure wife is Chimene “Awo” Akassou Toure, whom he married in 2012 after spending many years together.

Kolo Toure wife

prefers to stay out of the spotlight unlike many other WAGS who tend to be Instagram models and such.

Of course even Kolo Toure himself isn’t that comfortable with social media and fame, as he currently doesn’t have any official accounts on any of the major social media platforms. The couple have two children, while Kolo’s brother Yaya and his wife Djeneba have three.

If you were wondering about Kolo Toure tattoos, the Ivorian former center-back doesn’t have any tattoos on his body, but one unlucku Toure fan got a very unfortunate drunk tattoo, which had a misspelling of the footballer’s name. Instead of the usual “Kolo Toure”, the tattoo said Kolo Touro”, which completely changed the person this fan was trying to praise while drunk.

Being one of the most iconic center-backs in the Premier League and as one of the legends to ever grace the pitch at Arsenal, Manchester City and Liverpool, the Ivorian former footballer is certainly famous enough to have earned quite a hefty amount throughout his career. That is why

Kolo Toure net worth

is believed to be around the figure of €10 million. Of course it is just a ballpark figure and the exact amount of Kolo Toure net worth is not known. Obviously it is still high enough to help him support his family in the best way possible.

These were only some of the more interesting and less known facts about the former Manchester City defender, who brought about a whole new era of success to the Cityzens as they have since dominated the Premier League and are currently Champions League finalists. Football fans will surely remember his playing days fondly as we definitely look forward to seeing him manage a high-profile elite club in Europe and even in England. Nothing is impossible and we might see him one day manage Arsenal and even lead them towards glory.

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