Yaya Touré has won the 2013 BBC African Footballer of the Year award.
The Ivory Coast and Manchester City midfielder beat the likes of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Victor Moses, John Mikel Obi and Jonathan Pitroipa to claim the award as the best out of all 55 recognised countries in the continent. The shortlist for the award was drawn up by 44 African football experts, and the choosing of players was based on their skill, technical ability, teamwork, consistency and fair play - all of which Touré clearly possesses.
The 30-year-old told BBC Sport: "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
"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."
Touré said: "Thank you to all the fans around the world who continue to support me. It shows how much fans love you and appreciate your job as well.
"It's something special because it's not the vote of the manager or the club or the captain of the national team, it's just the fans.
"When you have a lot of fans behind you, it's always amazing. And I'm very happy as it is the fans who have given it to me - so I'm very appreciative."
Touré's drive and leadership as captain of Pellegrini's side have helped City to fourth in the league table. The Ivorian was also a key figure in securing Ivory Coast's place at next year's World Cup finals in Brazil.
After four frustrating years of missing out, finally, Touré has been voted the best player in the continent.
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