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Yaya Toure Vs Patrick Vieira: Fans Clash In Heated Debate Over Who Was Better In Their Prime

Yaya Toure Vs Patrick Vieira: Fans Clash In Heated Debate Over Who Was Better In Their Prime

Football fans have exchanged a war of words in a heated social media debate over who was better in their prime out of Yaya Toure and Patrick Vieira.

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The Ivorian lifted three Premier League titles, two League Cups and an FA Cup during his eight years at the Etihad.

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Toure's fine form also carried over to international level with Ivory Coast as he was named African Footballer of the Year for four consecutive years.

Vieira, meanwhile, established a legendary reputation at the heart of Arsenal's midfield and for his memorable battles with Manchester United legend Roy Keane.

The 44-year-old Frenchman enjoyed a prolific career and captained Arsenal during their remarkable 2003-04 'Invincibles' season.

Vieira captured three Premier League titles and four FA Cups before he left Arsenal in 2005 for Juventus.

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Sky Sports tweeted out a poll asking fans who was the best out of their prime between former City star Toure and Arsenal hero Vieira.

With 34,000 votes cast at the time of this writing, Vieira has secured the lion's share of the vote with 64.2 per cent.

Toure might only have 35.8 per cent of the vote, but that doesn't mean fans aren't deeply divided in the debate.

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"LOL, Vieira isn't fit to lace Yaya's shoes," one fan posted.

While another argued: "Yaya was simply the best. Vieira doesn't even come close."

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A third tweeted: "Yaya Toure [is] clear of Viera, nostalgia is blinding people here. Yaya Toure had one of the best midfield seasons we've ever seen in the Prem."

Someone else added: "Yaya Toure was an absolute beast [sic] how can he be compared to Vieira FFS."

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And a fifth fan wrote: "How can someone even put Yaya Toure in the same breathe [sic] as Viera, it [is] not even close. Viera won at the top level for club and country."

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Featured Image Credit: PA

Topics: Manchester City, Patrick Vieira, Football, Premier League, England, Yaya Toure, Arsenal

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