Yaya Toure, Manchester City and Ivorian international has won the Confederation of African Football (Caf) Footballer of the Year Award.
His recent win is the third in a row. Toure, also won December’s BBC African Footballer of the Year award.
He was up against fellow Nigeria and Chelsea midfielder John Mikel Obi and his Ivorian team mate, Didier Drogba.
“What I am doing now, I am doing very well and I am very happy about that,” Toure said after receiving his award.
He, however, acknowledged that it had been a difficult choice for the national team coaches and technical directors who took part in the vote.
“It was quite tight – because there were good opponents in front of me. Obi Mikel was doing well – and Drogba as well, so I was thinking maybe I would lose it. I am lucky today, I am very proud of myself,” he said.
Yaya Toure, 30, becomes the third player to win the award three times in a row after Abedi Pele and Samuel Eto’o.
Ghanaian Abedi Pele won three in a row between 1991-93 while Cameroonian Eto’o took the award from 2003-05.
The ceremony took place in Lagos, Nigeria, on Thursday.
Toure’s form also led to him being the only African to be included on the 23-man shortlist for Fifa’s World Player of the Year.
His closest rival for the Caf award was Mikel, 26, who helped Nigeria win the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations in South Africa and also featured in Chelsea’s Europa League win.
The last Nigerian to win the prestigious award was ex-Nigeria international, Kanu Nwankwo in 1999.
Ex-Chelsea favourite Drogba, 35, was runner-up in 2012 but won the Caf award in 2006 and 2009.
The disappointment of Nigerians that Mikel missed out was partially compensated by Stephen Keshi, being named coach of the year and the Super Eagles got national team of the year for winning the African Nations Cup in South Africa early last year.
Kelechi Iheanacho, won the most promising talent award while his team won youth team of the year.
Egyptian great Mohamed Aboutrika was the African-based player of the year for an unprecedented fourth time – taking the crown just weeks after calling time on his illustrious career.
His club, the Cairo giants Al Ahly, were named club of the year after they won their eighth African Champions League title, despite having precious little domestic football in Egypt for the last two years.