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Man City ace Toure honoured to join likes of Mboma, Okocha, Essien, Drogba

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.

Speaking to City's official website, Toure was delighted to clinch the prize which adds him to a list of great African names such as Patrick Mboma, Jay Jay Okocha, Michael Essien and Didier Drogba.

"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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