Manchester City and Ivory Coast midfielder Yaya Toure has been named the African Footballer of the Year for the second time in a row.
The Confederation of African Football (CAF) award capped a superb 2012 for the 29-year-old, who played a key role in Manchester City's dramatic Premier League title win and also helped the Ivory Coast to reach the Africa Cup of Nations final.
He claimed the honour ahead of his compatriot Didier Drogba, who scored several key goals as Chelsea won the UEFA Champions League and the FA Cup, before leaving to join Chinese Super League outfit Shanghai Shenhua.
Third place went to Cameroonian former Arsenal midfielder Alexandre Song, who joined Barcelona in June and has helped them to establish a commanding lead in the Primera Liga table.
Toure was given the award at a ceremony in the Ghanaian capital of Accra and appeared to tear up when his named was called.
"I have a lot of emotion," he said. "I think this night is so special for me."
Toure is regularly praised by his Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini for his versatility and dynamism, and remains a key figure in the Ivory Coast side, who lost to Zambia on penalties in the Africa Cup of Nations final in Gabon.
Toure joins Senegalese forward El-Hadji Diouf on two African Player of the Year wins but remains behind Samuel Eto'o of Cameroon, who has claimed the award on four occasions.
The honour is decided by a poll of African national team coaches and technical directors, and the winner's citation read: "Toure's immense contribution in helping Manchester City win their first domestic championship in 44 years saw him pick up Africa's most prestigious individual award."