Manchester City and Ivory Coast midfielder Yaya Toure has been named winner of the 2013 BBC African Footballer of the Year for the first time.
The 30-year-old beat the likes of Victor Moses, John Mikel Obi, Jonathan Pitroipa and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to this year’s crown as voted for by fans online and by test message.
Fifth-time lucky Toure told the BBC Sport: “I think I’ve been nominated for five years in a row and finally winning the award is amazing.”
He has been one of the standout players for club and country in the recent past season, having played a vital role in the ‘Elephant’ squad which reached a third successive FIFA World Cup in Brazil next summer.
Although he and Manchester City teammates were unable to retain their league title last season, his contribution to the team has seen them bounce back from last season’s trophyless campaign to contending for titles this season, having reached the last 16 of the Champions League with a game to spare and maintaining a top four berth on the league log.