Manchester City pay 'legend' tribute to Yaya Toure as he plays last game at the Etihad

 

The Ivory Coast midfielder had his name changed on the teamsheet for the 3-1 win over Brighton to "legend" as the club paid tribute.

And he was handed a rare start – as well as being named captain for the first time since April 2016 – as the Etihad Stadium marked his final home game.

After being given a standing ovation when he was taken off after playing 85 minutes, Toure was presented with a framed shirt.

Toure, 34, has been one of City's outstanding players for most of his eight years in the Premier League.

And he received a warm reception before kick-off.




But then he saw one of the new City generation shine.

Leroy Sane set up three goals in an entertaining clash against the Seagulls, whose survival has already been guaranteed.

Twitter responded warmly when City posted the teamsheet with Toure's name changed to "legend".

One fan said he had "a lump in his throat" when he saw the gesture.

And the Etihad supporters gave him a special send-off when he was taken off.






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