Ivory Coast's Yaya Toure was revealed the as winner of this year's BBC African Footballer of the Year award on Monday in a live announcement on the BBC's Focus on Africa radio and television programmes and on this website.
The shortlist of Toure, Victor Moses, John Mikel Obi, Jonathan Pitroipa and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was announced three weeks ago.
African football fans selected their choice for the award, voting online and by text messages.
No player on this year's shortlist, drawn up from votes by 44 journalists across Africa, had won the BBC award before and two - Burkina Faso's Pitroipa and Aubameyang of Gabon - are the first nominees from their respective countries.
Toure was up for the award for the fifth consecutive year, while Moses and Mikel had been hoping to add another trophy to their Africa Cup of Nations title won with Nigeria in February.
24, has been in prolific form over the past year - ending the 2012-13 season with 19 goals for St-Etienne, which put him second in the list of top scorers in the French Ligue 1, while he also helped them win the French Cup to claim his first trophy as a professional.
Those performances earned him a summer transfer to Champions League runners-up Borussia Dortmund, and he has already scored seven goals in 11 games for the German side.
biggest highlights came on the international stage as the 27-year-old winger was named player of the tournament at the Africa Cup of Nations in South Africa, helping Burkina Faso surprise everyone by reaching the final.
The Rennes man has continued to shine for his country, hitting three goals in World Cup qualification as the Burkinabe aim to reach Brazil by completing a play-off victory over Algeria, having won the first leg 3-2.
Two players on the list fared even better in this year's Nations Cup; Mikel and Moses both heavily involved as Nigeria lifted the trophy for the first time in 19 years.
26, also won the Europa League with Chelsea, while 2013 was the year he finally scored a goal for the Blues, that coming in his 185th game.
Goals have flowed more readily for 22-year-old
the winger hit six for Chelsea in 2013 before he moved on a season-long loan to Liverpool, where he scored on his debut in September.
Yet the most potent of the three English Premier League players on the list is midfielder
The Ivorian, 30, has bagged 12 goals so far in 2013 - including some exquisite free-kicks.
Although he and his Manchester City team-mates were unable to retain their league title last season, Toure was still a force to be reckoned with in the centre of the park - commanding, creative and increasingly clinical in front of goal.