Yaya Toure has been named the BBC African Footballer of the Year 2015 award.
Toure beat the quintet of Yacine Brahimi, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Andre Ayew and Sadio Mane to the coveted award after the results of voting was announced on their website on Friday.
“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.
“We are all champions. We all want to win. For me to be the winner 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.
“When I was a kid I was always dreaming of being an important player. I have sacrificed a lot and when I receive trophies like this I am always happy and always delighted.
“I will continue to try to win a trophy every year, I will fight to win a personal trophy.”
Toure becomes the third player, after Nigerian duo of Nwankwo Kanu and Jay-Jay Okocha, to receive the honour twice.