Manchester City star Yaya Toure was on Monday crowned the BBC African Footballer of the Year for 2013.
The 30-year old Ivory Coast international, formerly of Monaco and Barcelona, beat off competition from four other nominees – John Obi Mikel, Victor Moses, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Jonathan Pitroipa – to win the award for the first time.
“To join such a great list of names to have won the award in the past, it's an incredible feeling,” he said.
“When I first signed at City at my first press conference, I said I came here to achieve a lot of things and this is part of that. Personal and collective achievements.
“Football is all my life, when I hear fans singing my name, I never want to stop. What the club and the fans have given me here is unbelievable – it's massive.”
List of BBC African Footballers of the Year
2013 - Yaya Toure (Manchester City & Ivory Coast)
2012 - Christopher Katongo (Henan Construction & Gambia)
2011 - Andre 'Dede' Ayew (Marseille & Ghana)
2010 - Asamoah Gyan (Sunderland & Ghana)
2009 - Didier Drogba (Chelsea & Ivory Coast)
2008 - Mohamed Aboutrika (Al Ahly & Egypt)
2007 - Emmanuel Adebayor (Arsenal & Togo)
2006 - Michael Essien (Chelsea & Ghana)
2005 - Mohamed Barakat (Al Ahly & Egypt)
2004 - Jay Jay Okocha (Bolton & Nigeria)
2003 - Jay Jay Okocha (Bolton & Nigeria)
2002 - El Hadji Diouf (Liverpool & Senegal)
2001 - Sammy Kuffour (Bayern Munich & Ghana)
2000 - Patrick Mboma (Parma & Cameroon)
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