12 Nov Yaya Toure shortlisted for BBC African Footballer of the Year for a record eighth time
Yaya Toure has been shortlisted for the BBC African Footballer of the Year award for a record eighth time.
The Ivorian has won the accolade twice before – the first time in 2013, where Yaya was also the only African to be nominated for Fifa’s Ballon d’Or, followed by a 2015 triumph.
Since winning the award last year, Yaya has scored a vital penalty to win the League Cup for Manchester City and was also central to his team’s historic Champions League campaign, where the Citizens reached the semi-final of Europe’s most prestigious club competition for the first time.
His previous two BBC AFOTY wins have seen him beat fantastic shortlists, comprised of the likes of John Mikel Obi, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Sadio Mane.
The award means a lot to Yaya, due to the fact that it is the fans that vote for the winner.