Yaya Toure has won the 2013 BBC African Footballer of the Year Award.
The 30 year old Ivory Coast and Manchester City midfielder beat the likes of Victor Moses, Jon Obi Mikel, and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to the prize with some very impressive performances for club and country even without winning any trophy.
For me, I would have given it to Aubameyang for his form with Borussia Dortmund, however, Toure has been consistent in being one of the best midfielders in both the premier league and the world.
He has been a key player for Ivory Coast in getting them to the world cup, and has all the elements of a complete player; with power, strength, vision, and a lethal eye for goal hitting the net 13 times this year in total.
This includes some stunning goals, such as one especially notable strike against Victoria Plzen in the Champions League.
The big Ivorian commented saying “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”
It’s very much deserved for the player who has been nominated five times in the past and I’m sure will continue to impress in the world of football for a few years longer.