Ivorian Yaya Toure of Manchester City won Africa's top football honour on Thursday, beating out his countryman Didier Drogba and Alexandre Song of Cameroon for the CAF player of the year award.
Toure, 29, claimed the prize for the second consecutive year, capping a season where he helped guide his club to the English Premier League title.
The giant midfielder appeared to tear up as his name was called at the ceremony in Ghana's capital.
"I have a lot of emotion," he said after climbing the stage to accept the award. "I think this night is so special for me."
He has been praised by his club manager Roberto Mancini for his ability to fill so many roles, and Toure has voiced hope of a prolonged stay at City.
He also remains a crucial component of the Ivory Coast national side, a perennial contender for the African Cup of Nations crown.
Ivory Coast narrowly lost to Zambia at the last continental tournament, reaching the final thanks in part to strong play from Toure.