- Yaya Toure dropped one of the greatest tributes to big bums in his column on The Athletic
- The former Manchester City midfielder believes having thicker thighs for a football player gives him an edge over opponents
- He cited the likes of Eden Hazard, John McGinn and Renato Sanches’s gameplays and how their physiques have helped develop their game
Former Manchester City star Yaya Toure recently used his column to give a hilarious but brilliant account on why having a fairly bigger behind in football is actually a skill in itself.
Toure, who made his debut in writing for The Athletic, decided his first piece would be the pros of being well-endowed in the beautiful game.
In the 2100 word column, Toure expressed his admiration for players with big backsides as he broke down his own experience in the Premier League.
According to the former Ivory Coast international, football, especially in the Premier League, was all about physicality and having a fairly bigger bum than opponents was part of having a physical edge over rivals.
"What helped me a lot was one of the physios at City, who explained it to me very simply. He said, 'You're already a big guy, but you need to do something to deal with the shock when people run at you while you control the ball. We need to build your muscles to absorb it. We need to build the strength in your bum and hips.'
"It sounds funny, but your bum can be a very important tool when you play football."
He went on to give credit to several players in the Euros who he believes have perfected the use of their larger hips to play the game.
Toure used a practical example of Portugal star Renato Sanches during the game against Germany.
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"Renato Sanches has not played much for Portugal so far, but there was a moment in the second half against Germany where you could see Emre Can run at him, to try to take the ball from him," the Ivorian wrote.
On a much lighter note, Toure digressed to Eden Hazard, who has been subject of trolling on social media for his ‘larger-than-life’ behind.
According to Toure, Hazard’s physique has impressed him the most as far as big bums in footballers was concerned.
"It has almost become a joke how big his bum is, but it is very important to how he plays football. Hazard is so dangerous that when the ball comes to him, he has maybe less than five seconds before the opposition are on him - I know from my time at City, you want to limit his time on the ball. When the ball arrives at Hazard, he can already sense the opponent coming towards him, so he waits until the last moment and uses his bum to block them. It pushes the opponent away - almost like a punch - and then, when he has opened up that space between him and the defender, he will power away and start the attack,” Toure said.
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It is no secret 38-year old Toure is certainly familiar with the ways of football.
For this reason, Toure went to Ukraine in January 2021 to join the coaching staff of Ukrainian side Olympic Donetsk having already bagged his pro license.
After leaving Chinese club side Qingdao Huanghai in January 2020, the former Barcelona midfielder has not been seen on the pitch - meaning he might have hanged his professional boots.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that former Man City star Yaya Toure has revealed he wrote a letter of apology to former boss Pep Guardiola after accusing the Spaniard of not liking black players.
Toure revealed that he sent a letter to Manchester City to apologized to Guardiola and some of the club's staff who felt insulted by his earlier statement.