Toure named footballer of the year

By Drum Digital
03 December 2013

Ivory Coast and Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure has been named BBC African Footballer of the Year.

Ivory Coast and Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure has been named BBC African Footballer of the Year following his exploits for club and country in 2013.

Toure has been in terrific form this year, netting 13 goals domestically and internationally and has finally collected the prestigious accolade after several unsuccessful nominations.

"I think I've been nominated for five years in a row and finally winning the award is amazing," he toldBBC 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... 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."

The shortlist, which this year contained the likes of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Victor Moses, John Mikel Obi and Jonathan Pitroipa, is compiled by 44 football experts from the African continent, and the selection is based on a players' skill, technical ability, teamwork, consistency and fair play.

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