Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure has been named as the BBC African Footballer of the Year for 2015.
The Ivory Coast international is widely regarded as one of the most influential players in his position in the world game and has been a driving force for club and country.
Toure has been an essential player for the Etihad Stadium outfit since moving to England from Barcelona and has contributed to the club’s recent success massively.
The 32-year-old also helped his country to win the African Cup of Nations and has had a distinguished career.
Toure beat the likes of Yacine Brahimi, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Andre Ayew and Sadio Mane to the accolade.
He admitted that he was delighted to be recognised.
“I am very proud. To receive this dedication from the fans is unbelievable,” Toure told BBC Sport.
“Also I want to pay tribute to the other nominees. African football is growing up, becoming much better and we have fantastic young players coming through now.”
Toure becomes only the second ever player to win the prize twice, following in the footsteps of legendary Nigerian playmaker Jay Jay Okocha.
The Manchester City man won it in 2013, with Brahimi scooping the prize last season.