Yaya Toure ties Eto’o with fourth African Player of the Year award

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Manchester City and Ivory Coast midfielder Yaya Toure is the first player to win four-straight African Player of the Year awards.

Toure joins Cameroon striker Samuel Eto’o as one of only two players to win the award four times total.

The 31-year-old Toure led Manchester City to the Premier League title last season and has helped guide the club to a tie for first-place this season. He scored 24 goals all last season and has 9 so far this year.

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The World Cup wasn’t especially kind to African teams, and the Ivory Coast was no exception. Toure played 90 minutes in all three of the Elephants’ matches, a win over Japan and losses to Greece and Colombia. The side failed to escape the group stage.

Toure ultimately triumphed over Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Borussia Dortmund/Gabon) and Vincent Enyeama (Lille/Nigeria), who were the other finalists.