Football fans have expressed their disappointment at Manchester City, following the club’s announcement to commission a statue at the Etihad in honour of David Silva, saying Yaya Toure deserved it better. The Spanish professional footballer Manchester City will get a statue at the Etihad in honor of his 10-year career at the club.
The playmaker will also have a training pitch at the City Football Academy dedicated to him, as well as a mosaic celebrating his role in the famous 6-1 win over Manchester United in 2011.
Club Chairman Khaldoon Al-Mubarak remarked, “David Silva is a transformational player. A quiet leader who has acted quietly and deliberately and inspired everyone around him. From the youngest academy player to his senior team-mates over the past 10 years”. Also, “He has put a stamp on the team, on this club, its history and even the Premier League as a whole. In doing so, he has been instrumental to the beautiful football philosophy you see today. He was the start of it. As with Vincent before him. David’s statue will act as a lasting reminder of the wonderful moments that he gave us. Not only as an incredible footballer but as an inspiring ambassador. Who represented this football club with great dignity at all times”.
The 34-year-old joined City from Valencia in 2010,won four Premier League titles, two FA Cups and five League Cups in his 436 appearances for the club. The statue will be unveiled next year.
Below are some of reactions from fans.
— William Hill (@WilliamHill) August 17, 2020
If Silva is getting a statue then Yaya Toure also deserves it!
— Ali 🇬🇭🇯🇲 (@TheBeardedRauI) August 17, 2020
Man city refused to get Yaya Toure a happy birthday cake but their building David Silva a statue. African child, you are on your own
— Unhappy Zimbabwean (@frxmmithian) August 17, 2020
Kinda makes sense that David Silva gets a Man City statue but there’s none for Yaya Toure. A Silva statue will be much cheaper to build, especially with COVID-19 affecting club revenues. 🙂 https://t.co/56eUh9CXBZ
— Akin Oyebode (@AO1379) August 17, 2020
They wouldn’t even give Yaya Toure a birthday cake then! https://t.co/bJD3R05ZBU
— Chris Crowley (@Crowley190) August 17, 2020