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


Ivory Coast’s midfielder Yaya Toure (C) and defender Serge Aurier (R) celebrate a goal during the 2015 African Cup of Nations qualifying football match between Democratic Republic of Congo and Ivory Coast on October 11, 2014 at the Tata Raphael stadium in Kinshasa. AFP PHOTO / STRINGER (Photo credit should read STRINGER/AFP/Getty Images)

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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.

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