London - Ivory Coast midfielder Yaya Toure was named the BBC's African Footballer of the Year for 2013 on Monday.
It was the fifth straight year the Manchester City star had made the shortlist but the first time he'd taken the award.
you to all the fans around the world who continue to support me and who
love me a lot," said Toure in a BBC statement. "I'm very proud, I'm
very happy, this award is amazing.
"It's the fifth time in a row (being nominated) and this time is very special."
Toure, who has scored 13 goals for club and country this year, was the choice of the BBC's global audience.
held off competition from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Gabon and Borussia
Dortmund), Victor Moses (Nigeria and Liverpool, on loan from Chelsea),
John Obi Mikel (Nigeria and Chelsea), and Jonathan Pitroipa (Burkina
Faso and Rennes).
Toure was presented with the award at Manchester City's Carrington training ground on Monday.
are pleased for Yaya Toure that he has finally won the BBC African
Footballer of the Year on his fifth nomination for the award," said BBC
Africa's current affairs editor Vera Kwakofi.
"This shows the high
esteem in which he is held by lovers of African football and the
respect the fans have for his exploits for club and country."
now has the chance to complete an awards double having been selected
among a 25-man shortlist for the African Football Confederation (CAF)
African Footballer of the Year for 2013.
In contrast to the BBC
award, Toure has won the CAF equivalent in each of the last two years
and winning it for a third consecutive year would see him match the
achievement of Cameroon striker Samuel Eto'o, winner in 2003, 2004 and
The winner of the latest edition is due to be announced at a ceremony in Lagos, Nigeria, on January 9.