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Manchester City star feels he deserves more recognition

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Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure believes he doesn't receive the recognition he deserves and claims he isn't considered as one of the world's best players because he is African. 

The 30-year-old has been one of City's star performers this campaign, and has netted 22 goals, including a superb strike in their League Cup final success over Sunderland. 

But despite being nominated for the PFA Player of the Year award, Toure feels his contribution is often undervalued and that African players, including Didier Drogba and Samuel Eto'o, do not get the credit they deserve. 

"I think what Samir was saying was definitely true," Toure told the BBC when asked about recent comments from teammate Samir Nasri, in which the Frenchman stated the Ivorian would be hailed as one of the best was he not from Africa. 

"To be honest, proper recognition has only come from the fans," said the three-time African player of the year. "I don't want to be hard and I don't want to be negative, but I want to be honest."

"If we play well and we don't have the recognition from the media, we are not going to be where we want to be," he said.

Toure has won domestic titles in four countries including England and Spain, and was also part of Barcelona's Champions League winning side in 2009.

However, he feels that the likes of Xavi and Andres Iniesta, receive more media praise when playing well, and less criticism for defensive mistakes, something that has been thrown at him this season when City have struggled. 

"If we play well and we don't have the recognition from the media, we are not going to be where we want to be," he said.

"I am very proud to be African, I want to defend African people and I want to show to the world that African players can be as good as the Europeans and South Americans."

Toure has been ruled out for two weeks after picking up a muscle injury in last weekend's defeat to Liverpool, and will miss Monday's home match against West Brom. 

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