"Time and tide waits for no man" - meaning no one is so powerful they can stop the march of time.
Well, according to the Manchester Evening News, Yaya Toure thinks he can continue playing top flight football until he's 40 years old - that's eight more years. I have seen him during matches when he looks as though he would struggle to play eight more minutes let lone eight more years. He can't be serious can he?
All outfield football players have a natural shelf life. Okay, the odd few buck the trend such as Ryan Giggs, and Teddy Sheringham, who both played into their 40's. However, these are very rare exceptions and some would say they should have packed it in earlier anyway.
In my opinion footballers should retire at the top with dignity and not wait to be humiliated by being left on the bench or brought on as a sub in the 89th minute. A fate that was bestowed on Michael Owen.
No one wanted the lasting memory of Steven Gerrard to be the infamous slip against Chelsea that probably cost Liverpool the title, or David Beckham making hard work of playing for Paris Saint-Germain.
I guess the lure of the adrenaline rush every match day is hard to resist plus the fame and fortune that comes with being a top player. Maybe it’s the sponsors needing to wring every last drop of value from their investment. It amazes me when I hear stories of players facing bankruptcy following lucrative career earnings. Whatever the reason, we all want to remember our heroes at their peak and not at their nadir.
Yayya Toure and others aging superstars should be honest with themselves and retire at the top and not run the risk of being remembered as an also ran.