YAYA CROWNED BBC AFRICAN FOOTBALLER OF THE YEAR |

YAYA CROWNED BBC AFRICAN FOOTBALLER OF THE YEAR |

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Ivory Coast and Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure was crowned the BBC Footballer of the Year for 2015 ahead of Algeria’s Yacine Brahim and Gabon’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

The Manchester City player captained his country to the African Nations Cup title in February, ending a 23-year wait to lift the trophy, and has been instrumental for his club and country. His club team member Nasri believes he is one of the best players in the world and if he was born in Europe he would have won the Ballon ‘d.

Toure told the BBC. “African football is growing up, becoming much better and we have fantastic young players coming through now,”

“For me, to be the winner today, I am delighted and very happy. And as an African player, I want to lead all my younger brothers to be successful in the future.”

He became only the third player to win the award twice, following Nigerians Jay Jay Okocha and Nwankwo Kanu.