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Behind Europe and South America, Africa is the next strongest continent in World football. With a rich history of top-class players that includes the likes of Roger Milla, and more recently, Didier Drogba and Michael Essien, the African Cup of Nations has long been a breeding ground of high-level international talent.
Today the continent has lost a little of its lustre. Yet like the preceding triumvirate of cross-continental battles, Africa too, has an obvious victor.
Manchester City’s Yaya Toure, previous alumni of the famed Catalan finishing academy, has established himself as one of the Premier League’s finest talents.
An immensely strong player whose marauding forays into the opposition's territory has paid such spectacular dividends for City since his move to Manchester—Toure was arguably City’s player of the season last year.
In Africa, talents such as the aging Essien and Samuel Eto’o are no longer of Toure’s calibre. The younger generation have a way to go to claim parity.