Kolo Toure: Ivorian Legend
Aston Villa defender Kolo Toure is now the most capped Ivorian player in history after gaining his 119th international cap in an African Cup of Nations qualifying match against Lesotho.
The 34-year-old beat Didier Zokora's record of 118 caps and looks likely to keep that record, with Zokora's last international appearance for Les Elephants having passed months ago.
Toure, who has been a Villa player for two years initially on loan and later permanently, has voiced his delight at beating the record.
"Didier (Zokora) is a very good friend of mine but I feel happy to be able to beat his record. He is a legend here in the Ivory Coast and I'd like to think that I am the same now."
Fans of the Côte d'Ivoire national team would certainly agree, having supported Toure since his first international appearance against Niger in 2000.
It has been a roller-coaster career for Toure with many ups and downs, but it is safe to say that all his international career has been going is up.
Despite being 34 and Aston Villa's fourth-choice defender, he is still favored by Ivory Coast manager Arthur Kone.
"One thing is for sure, he will not stop at 119 caps," said Kone. "Kolo is a quality defender and he can still play for at least three years. That's my opinion, at least."
Aston Villa boss David Beckham has also extended his congratulations to one of his squad's oldest players.
"Kolo is a great lad and to see him with this new achievement is fantastic. He is definitely a national legend. No doubt he will build on this. I've read the Ivory Coast manager's comments and I have to agree - Kolo will not stop at 119 caps."