Yaya Toure has insisted that Rafael Marquez was ten occasions higher than former teammate and present Barcelona defender Gerard Pique.
Marquez revamped 240 appearances for Barcelona between 2003 and 2010, successful loads of silverware within the course of, together with two Champions League trophies and 4 La Liga titles. He not too long ago hung up his boots after making historical past on the 2018 World Cup by turning into solely the third participant to have performed in 5 separate tournaments.
In an look on Sky Sports activities’ Monday Evening Soccer, Toure was requested to place collectively his ‘final XI’ from the gamers he had performed with throughout his illustrious profession, which included vital spells at Barcelona and Manchester City.
The workforce was quite weird, that includes a singular 3-1-6 formation that accommodated at least 5 strikers, and there have been loads of omissions from Toure’s days at Barça that did not go unnoticed.
One participant who did not function was Pique and, when questioned about Marquez’ inclusion over the Barca veteran, Toure was joyful to elucidate his choice, stating, as quoted by talkSPORT: “Marquez was a troublesome defender. I don’t suppose folks keep in mind him as a result of he didn’t play in England.
“However possibly if you wish to keep in mind him, go to YouTube and also you test Rafael Marquez, Barcelona, No 4, what a defender.
“He was 10 occasions higher than Gerard Pique. Ten occasions higher. Consider me. He was so so good. In case you watch him on YouTube, you’ll see. I’ve been in love with him.”
Toure additionally opted to go away out the likes of Victor Valdes, Ronaldinho and Xavi, all of which achieved great success throughout their time at Camp Nou.