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Profile: Trio of awards sees Toure step out of shadows

By Mark Gleeson (Reuters) - A hat-trick of success at the African Footballer of the Year award has seen Yaya Toure step out of the shadow of some of his more charismatic compatriots to claim a place for himself among the continent's greats. Toure won the award for a third successive year on Thursday, piping John Obi Mikel of Nigeria and his national team captain Didier Drogba to the continent's top individual award.

Factbox: African Footballer of the Year Yaya Toure

(Reuters) - Ivory Coast midfielder Yaya Toure was on Thursday named African Footballer of the Year for the third time running. Born: May 13, 1983 in Bouake, Ivory Coast EARLY CAREER - Toure is a product of the fabled ASEC Abidjan academy, which has produced more than 20 players who have gone onto to play for clubs in Europe. - He followed in the footsteps of elder brother Kolo Toure.

Football: City's Toure signs new deal

Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure signed a new four-year contract with the Premier League champions on Thursday. Toure has been a big success at Eastlands since his 2010 transfer from Barcelona and his decision to commit his future to Roberto Mancini's team until 2017 is a major boost for the club. The 29-year-old was instrumental in City winning the English title last season and the Ivory Coast star admits that success has whetted his appetite for more silverware. "This is where I want to be," Toure told City's official website.

Football: Yaya Toure triggers Man City goal romp

African Footballer of the Year and Ivory Coast midfielder Yaya Toure was among the scorers in English FA Cup last-16 ties at the weekend. Toure, voted the best footballer on the continent for the past two years, struck after five minutes as Manchester City romped to a 4-0 home win over second-tier Leeds United. Fellow Ivorian Arouna Kone went one better with a brace as Wigan triumphed 4-1 at Huddersfield while Nigerian Victor Anichebe was on target for Everton in a 2-2 draw at giant-killers Oldham. YAYA TOURE (Man City)
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