Manchester City star crowned winner at FIFTH attempt.
Ivory Coast and Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure has been named BBC African Footballer of the Year.
Toure, who has been in outstanding form for City this season, saw off competition from the likes of Liverpool’s Nigerian star Victor Moses, John Obi Mikel of Nigeria and Chelsea, and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of Gabon and Borussia Dortmund.
Toure was shortlisted for the award for the fifth time, and said it was ‘amazing’ to win.
“I’m very proud, I’m very happy,” said Toure. “Thank you to all the fans around the world who continue to support me and who love me a lot.
“It’s a fantastic achievement because I don’t think there has ever been as many quality African players in top level international football as there are now: Aubameyang, Pitroipa, Mikel, Moses, Salomon Kalou, Gervinho… we have fantastic players.
“I also think African football is improving and that means a lot to us. And as an African, I’m very happy.”
Toure has been in inspired form for Manchester City this season, his fourth full campaign with the Citizens as they look to win back their Premier League crown.
The 30-year-old, who has also played for Barcelona and Olympiakos, has already scored seven goals for Manuel Pellegrini’s side, including a run of four in four earlier in the season.
BBC Africa’s current affairs editor Vera Kwakofi said: “We are pleased for Yaya Toure that he has finally won the BBC African Footballer of the Year on his fifth nomination for the award. This shows then high esteem in which he is held by lovers of African football and respect the fans have for his exploits for club and country.”
Toure follows in the footsteps of other Premier League stars, including Didier Drogba, who won the award while at Chelsea in 2007, as well as Michael Essien and Emmanuel Adebayor.
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