Yaya Toure has been named the 2013 BBC African Footballer of the Year.
The Manchester City and Ivory Coast midfielder has won the award on his fifth nomination beating the likes of Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel, Borussia Dortmund’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Chelsea’s Liverpool loanee Victor Moses and Rennes winger Jonathan Pitroipa.
“I think I've been nominated for five years in a row and finally winning the award is amazing. I'm very happy as it is the fans who have given it to me – so I'm very appreciative,” Toure told BBC Sport.
“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.”
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