Ivory Coast midfielder Yaya Toure was named the BBC's African Footballer of the Year for 2013 on Monday.
He held off competition from fellow Africans, Pierre–Emerick Aubameyang (Gabon and Borussia Dortmund), Victor Moses (Nigeria and Liverpool), John Obi Mikel (Nigeria and Chelsea), and Jonathan Pitroipa (Burkina Faso and Rennes).
The 30 – year old was presented the award at Manchester City’s training grounds on Monday.
''I've been nominated for five years in a row and finally winning the award is amazing'', he told the BBC.
''I am very happy as it is the fans who have given it to me so I'm very appreciative. It's a fantastic achievement because I don't think there have ever been as many quality African players in top – level international football as there are now'', he added.
Toure now has the chance to complete an awards double having been selected among a 25 – man shortlist for the CAF African Footballer of the Year for 2013.