The 30-year-old Manchester City midfielder edged out Nigeria's John Obi Mikel and fellow Ivorian Didier Drogba to make it a hat-trick of wins, emulating Abedi Pele and Samuel Eto'o.

Toure has had a successful year in which he was also included on the 23-man shortlist for FIFA's World Player of the Year.

The former Barcelona man admitted he was proud to win the prize for a third time.

"I am very proud and very happy to receive this award, but would also like to congratulate my brothers, John Obi Mikel and Didier Drogba," noted Toure.


Source: Reuters