The BBC named Yaya Toure [the midfielder for the Ivory Coast and Manchester City] as African Footballer of the Year for 2013. The reasons are many but these are the important reasons.

According to the BBC, Toure's supporters voted for him because of his consistency on the field and scoring goals. Toure also took African and Manchester City football to another dimension this year.

According to ESPN-FC, the Ivorian scored five goals within 13 matches with 3 assists and 21 shots during the current EPL [English Premier League season]. Overall for his country and Manchester City, Toure scored nine goals within 21 matches.

The same review by ESPN-FC prasies Toure for his ability to on offense and defense in the midfield. Toure possesses the skills and strength to earn more than 50 caps for his country on an international level.

While not related to sports, Toure appears to be down to earth as demonstrated on Day One of the Manchester City 2013 Advent Calender. In this You Tube cideo courtesy of Manchester City, Toure plays Santa for his teammates.

Congratulations to Yaya Toure for winning the BBC African Footballer of the Year Award for 2013.