Yaya Toure gets unique send-off in front of Manchester City fans
By Richard Cooke
Last Updated: 10/05/18 12:00am
Yaya Toure said an emotional farewell to a packed Etihad Stadium following Manchester City's 3-1 win over Brighton.
The 34-year-old Ivory Coast international, whose contract expires in the summer, was made captain for his final home appearance as the champions set a Premier League scoring record of 105 goals.
Their points total of 97 and tally of 31 wins also beat records set by Chelsea in 2005.
After the final whistle a giant banner saying 'Thank you Yaya' was passed around the stadium as Toure emerged to say his goodbyes.
He started by wishing former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson well and was then asked to pinpoint his most important moment during his eight years at City.
To huge cheers he replied that it was the winner he scored against Manchester United in the 2011 FA Cup semi-final.
Much to his surprise, Toure's big brother and former City team-mate Kolo then made his way to the centre-circle to hand out the leaving presents.
Kolo spoke of his pride before giving his brother a framed special shirt with '316' on the back, marking the number of appearances he made for the club.
That could be out of date in a few days if Toure features against Southampton on Sunday.
Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany also had a few words. He said: "Thank you for being such a wonderful team-mate. If there is ever going to be a legend at this club it is this man."
The man of the moment completed proceedings with a lap of honour before an original back-slapping guard of honour from his team-mates as he left the pitch.