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Yaya Touré: best African football player for the 3rd consecutive year!

-Never two without three! With no surprise, Yaya Touré was once again elected “African Ballon d’or” of the year, this for the third consecutive year.

The Ivorian of Manchester City was crowned last Thursday in Lagos, Nigeria during the 22nd edition of Glo CAF Awards, ceremony of reward to the best football players on the continent.

Yaya Touré was in advance of the Nigerian John Obi Mikel, winner of the African Cup of Nations 2013 in South Africa with Super Eagles and Didier Drogba, captain of Elephants of Ivory Coast.

Crowned «Best African player ” by the BBC in 2013, Yaya Touré is good as well as Samuel Eto’o by swiping this distinction for the third consecutive year. The Cameroonian had also made this achievement between 2003 and 2005.

Yaya Touré was on all the fronts in 2013. He was mainly appointed Goodwill ambassador of the United Nations for the Environment. He committed himself to save life of the elephants, an endangered species on the continent.
More Info on Yaya Touré with Africa Top Sport.com

I. He was born on May 13th, 1983
II. He is the brother of Kolo Touré.

Performances:
Exceptional midfielder, he has played in the biggest clubs: Monaco, Barcelona, Manchester City. In 2009, he won with Barcelona 6 competitions, record ever heard in football history: Champions’ League, championship of Spain, Cup of King, Super cup of Europe, Super cup of Spain and World cup of clubs.

Career:

-2000: He started at 17 years old with ASEC Abidjan of Ivory Cost

-He was spotted by the Belgian club, Beveren that was in partnership with MimoSifcom academy of ASEC Mimosas. He stayed in Belgium till 2003.

-Then, he played with Metalurg Donetsk in Ukrainian championship.

-2005: He left for Greece and Olympiakos.

-2006: He signed a contract for 5, 5 million euros with AS Monaco.

-Summer 2007: He was recruited by FC Barcelona for 12 million euros. May 27th, he became the first Ivorian to have won champions’ league in Roma against Manchester United.

-July 2010: He signed 05-year-contract with Manchester City for 32 million euros.

Yaya Touré became the best paid player in the Premier League with 900 000 euros per month.

Records
– 2006 : Champion of Greece with Olympiakos le Pirée
– 2006 : Winner of Cup of Greece with Olympiakos le Pirée
– 2009 :  Champions’ League with FC Barcelona
– 2009 : Championship of Spain with FC Barcelona
– 2010  : Champion avec with FC Barcelona
– 2009 : Copa del Rey with FC Barcelona
– 2009 : World Cup for clubs with FC Barcelona
– 2009 : UEFA Super Cup with FC Barcelona
– 2009 : Super Cup of Spain with FC Barcelona
– 2012: Championship of England with Manchester City
– 2011 : Cup of England with Manchester City

National team
– 2006 and 2012: Finalist of African Cup of Nations in 2006 and 2012.

Additional info:
– 2008 and 2009: Best player of the year in Ivory Cost.
– 2011-2012-2013: African best player of the year.

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