2013 African player of the Year Yaya Toure says the reason behind his success is his consistently good outings for Ivory Coast.
The Ivorian edged past Nigeria's John Obi Mikel and fellow compatriot Didier Drogba to clinch his third straight title as the continent's best footballer in a ceremony in Lagos, Nigeria on Thursday night.
Whilst speaking to Ghanaian radio station Citi FM after the ceremony, Toure revealed that churning out top performances on a regular basis for his national team was the secret to his success.
"I think the award was given based on one's work with his national team and we, the contenders were judged based on that," he said.
"A good national team showing is crucial for us. Of course, great club form is also important because it is never easy combing both things. Playing week in, week out at that level for Manchester City is very difficult."
"It has been one year since I won the last Player of the Year award so it is really challenging."
However, the Manchester City midfielder was also quick to share in the disappointment of Mikel - who was touted as the favourite to win the award.
"To be very honest with you, being touted as the favourite and not winning is really painful. I really feel for Mikel because he also deserved to win it. That said, I will just will just keep working hard and improving myself."
Now, Yaya Toure joins the likes of Samuel Eto'o and Abedi Pele as the only players to have won the African Player Of The Year on three different occasions.
The 30-year-old may break this record and emerge as the highest to clinch this award if he continues in his consistent form for his country.
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