This marks a hat-trick of gongs for Toure, winning the award for a third consecutive year—a feat only matched by Abedi Pele from 1991 to 1993 and Samuel Eto'o between 2003 and 2005.
Predictably, the Manchester City man has been lauded on Twitter with many media folk championing his triumph:
All hail thunderous star Yaya Toure, African player of the year for the 3rd straight year. Feat only achieved before by Samuel Eto'o— Ian Chadband (@IanChadTele) January 9, 2014
Toure beat out competition from John Obi Mikel and Didier Drogba to scoop the prize in Lagos on Thursday night.
A poll of African coaches and technical directors decide the recipient, and as many echoed afterwards—including Bleacher Report's Jerrad Peters—Toure was the clear and deserved choice.
Yaya Toure named African Footballer of the Year. And rightfully so. Argument that Mikel should have won is nonsensical.— Jerrad Peters (@jerradpeters) January 9, 2014
Drayton notes how the midfielder was also named BBC's African Footballer of the Year in December and was the only African represented on the 2013 Ballon d'Or's 23-man shortlist, marking his form this year.
His 2012/13 campaign may have ended trophy-less but he's started this season in imperious form, pivotal to his club's surge up the table.
His City side are the only English team still in all four major competitions, and Toure has already contributed 10 goals and three assists in the Premier League, a return just two players can better.
He's also made 1,427 passes already, 403 more than any other team-mate which further emphasises his importance, as noted by WhoScored.
The midfielder is so often his side's heartbeat, responsible for numerous attacking bursts while bullying opposing sides when they enter City's defensive third.
Will Toure make it four in a row in 2014?
He missed just six Premier League games last season, three of which City were unable to win without their midfield enforcer.
This award moves Toure ahead of a number of two-time winners, taking him level with George Weah on three. Eto'o and Pele are the only two more decorated Africans, each claiming the award four times.
With Ivory Coast finally finding a favourable World Cup group and City still in the running for a quadruple, Toure already seems the hot favourite for the 2014 award.