Etihad Stadium star wins coveted award.
Yaya Toure has been named the 2011 African Footballer of the Year by the Confederation of African Football.
Toure, 28, was chosen by coaches of national teams on the continent.
“This is the highest prize I can get in my career,” said Toure, who has helped City to the top of the Premier League.
He also scored the only goal of the game as Manchester City beat Stoke to win the FA Cup in May.
An emotional Toure said he was proud to have received the honour on “a special day for me”, and he hopes the honour will spur the Ivory Coast on as they look for a second Nations Cup title next year.
“In a few months we will look for the Africa Cup of Nations which is very important for me and my country,” he said.
“But for now I am very happy and very proud – it’s unbelievable, it’s amazing. It’s a first step in my big career.”
SOURCE: BBC Sport
The former Barcelona man beat Seydou Keita, the Mali and Barcelona midfielder, and Ghana’s Andre Ayew, who plays for Olympique Marseille, to the award and is a player who has become crucial to Roberto Mancini’s success and Man City will hope that they can cope without the midfield battler when he takes part in the African Nations Cup early next year.