Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang admits he was “hurt” by Yaya Toure’s criticism following the African Player of the Year awards ceremony.
Gabon striker Aubameyang claimed his first CAF award ahead of Ivory Coast captain Toure, who was looking for a fifth gong in a row, with Andre Ayew from Ghana finishing third.
Manchester City midfielder Toure, who led his country to African Cup of Nations glory in 2015, described the decision as “pathetic”, adding: “Yaya will take care of Yaya and let Africa take care of itself. As I’ve been told many times, you can’t take care of Africa too much because Africa will be the first to let you down.
“When I return to Europe, a lot of questions will be asked. I think I’m going to have to answer them. As I’m someone who’s honest, I will always tell the truth.”
Swansea striker Ayew was also critical, saying: “I wonder can someone explain what is the criteria in a Cup of Nations year.”
Aubameyang, who won the award after receiving 143 points, with Toure getting 136 and Ayew 112, admits he was disappointed with the comments.
“I was hurt by what was said,” the BVB Dortmund striker is quoted as saying by BBC Sport. “It’s a shame.”
He added: The award is based on the whole year and not just the African Cup of Nations.”