"Fasting makes me a better footballer," - Liverpool's Kolo Toure

The 32-year old central defender believes that he grows stronger as a person and as a footballer during the holy month of Ramadhan
Ramadhan is regarded as the holiest month in Islam but for many it can be tricky. For Malaysians, many would remember the amount of consultation Datuk Sheikh Muzzafar Shukor had to take before drafting out the steps of fasting in the space. 

Similarly, Ramadhan can be a delicate prospect for footbalers, who require a balanced diet to ensure that their body stays fully fit. Liverpool defender Kolo Toure admits that it requires immense discpline. However, the Ivorian sees no reason to not observe fasting during this month, claiming that is actually makes him stronger as a footballer. 

"You definitely need discipline. For me, the first five days are difficult but after that, the body just starts to [adapt] and you feel really happy," Toure said in an official interview with LiverpoolFC.com.

"You clean your body as well and you feel even stronger after Ramadan. I recently watched a programme on BBC about Demba Ba – and he scored a lot of goals after Ramadan because he was much fitter."

"I think it’s amazing how Ramadan can make you really strong."

"It’s been tough, but at the same time I feel like I am much stronger, because my mental condition takes over. It’s definitely hard, but when you believe in God, nothing is impossible."

The ex-Manchester City defender has been fasting during Ramadhan periods throughout his career. Having said that, he also insisted that it is vital to ensure that one creates a sustainable meal and exercise plan plan during Ramadhan to remain physically fit.

"I’ve been observing Ramadan during all the years I’ve been in football. It’s very important that you eat well. It’s important that you eat the right food because you can gain weight or you can have less food in your body."

"That’s why you need to drink very well. You also need to be aware of what you are doing, because your body is missing things. With the doctor and all the people in the club, we try to work on that. They give me things that I can take to help me feel better."

"For me, it doesn’t matter because mentally I’m ready for it and I go for every challenge. I give 110 per cent in training – it will never be a case of me saying: No, I don’t want to train as hard. I want to train just as hard, I want to help my teammates, and I want to win every single game,"Toure enthused.

"For me, Ramadan is not an easy time because it’s a time when I need to work much harder, because I need to help my teammates. That’s the way I see things."

Toure is currently busy preparing for the upcoming Premier League season with the Liverpool FC team, but he still intends to spend time with family members for the 'Breaking of Fast' at the end of the Ramadhan month. The defender also took time to dedicate his Ramadhan wishes to everyone who are celebrating it.

"I will celebrate like every Muslim - with my family, my wife and my kids. Maybe they will be here [in Liverpool]."

"The celebration is big - everybody is very happy because it has normally been a tough month. Ramadan is an important part of Islam, and when you are observing it, God is happy with you and you have to have a big celebration."

"We eat, we have a party and we give praise. We enjoy the day as much as we can."

"Assalamualaikum to all the Muslims that are fasting, and I pray that God eases all our suffering and helps those in need."