Wilfried Bony has joined Manchester City for a fee of about 30 million pounds.
The Ivorian joins Samuel Eto’o as the only players to win the continent’s top individual award four times.
Jose Mourinho’s side gleaned a mere four points from nine during a frenzy of holiday fixtures.
Yaya Toure has won three years in a row since 2011, beating Seydou Keita (Mali) to second place in 2011.
Manchester City beat Sunderland 3-2 to be joint top log leader after Chelsea lost to Tottenham Hotspur.
Lampard initially joined City on loan for six months from the New York City Red Bulls after leaving Chelsea