Samuel Eto'o was named African Player-of-the-year for a record fourth time at a ceremony on Monday.

The 29-year-old Cameroon and Inter Milan striker finished ahead of Ghana forward Asamoah Gyan and Didier Drogba of the Ivory Coast in votes cast by the national coaches of the 53 African football associations.

Eto'o, who also won the award in 2003, 2004 and 2005, helped Inter Milan win an unprecedented treble of league, cup and Champions League titles last season. He overtook Abedi Pele and George Weah, who both won the award three times.

Eto'o scored one goal and created another in Inter's 3-0 win over TP Mazembe in the final of the Club World Cup on Saturday. Mazembe was nonetheless chosen African Team-of-the-year.

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