It’s no doubt that football is the most-watched sport in the whole world with Millions of people following the sport from the various leagues to the world cup, football stands to reign as the king of all sport and also one of the prosperous sport.
There are key things that determine the wealth of a player such as the market value which is directly linked with the player dexterity with the ball on the field.
Richest Footballers in Africa
The wealth of the club such footballer plays for. The continent of Africa is known to have produced players who perform excellently well in their Various leagues as well as for their countries during African competitions like AFCON or the world competition like the world cup and Olympics.
10. WILFRIED ZAHA ( Net Worth $4MILLION)
Zaha occupies the 10th position on our list of African richest footballer. Zaha born Razer Wilfred Armel Zaha on the 10th of November 1992 hails from Cote d’ Ivoire. He is a crystal palace forward who has dribbling skills and is exceptional on goals.
Zaha started his professional career as a footballer for crystal palace in 2010, due to his performance he was brought by the then Manchester united manager sir Alex Ferguson in 2013 but he performed below expectations and later returned to crystal palace in 2014 on loan but joined on a permanent contract basis in February 2015.
Zaha after extending his contract at crystal palace with a better term in 2018 until the end of the 2022-23 season became the highest-paid player in palace earning 130,000 euro a week.
9. RIYAD MAHREZ ( Net Worth $8 MILLION)
The 2019 African champion is on our 9th position with a Net Worth of $8MILLION) Mahrez was born on February 21st, 1991. Mahrez hails from Algerian by origin but he was born in France,
He plays for one of the best premier league team “Manchester city”. Mahrez is an exceptional player who can play any role ranging from attacking midfielder to winger, he is dangerous at set-pieces with one of his best against Nigeria in the 2019 Afcon semi-final match.
Mahrez started his footballing career as a youth playing for AAS sarcelles a French club and started his professional career with le Havre. Mahrez has won the premier league, FA Cup and EFL cup with his current club Manchester City, Mahrez won the African footballer of the year Award in 2016. Mahrez is married to a British model Rita Johal with whom he has a handsome baby boy.
8. SADIO MANE (Net Worth $8MILLION)
The good and giving man as he is known to be, earned our number 8 spot. Sadio Mane was born a Senegalese on April 10th,1992.
He joined Liverpool from Southampton in 2016 and ever since then has been dreaded by defenders as one of the best wingers in football history. Mane is known for his strength, speed, dribbling skills and shot power.
He has a net worth of $8MILLIOn and is no doubt one of the richest Senegalese in football. He has a market value of 125MILLIOn euro and he is the second richest player In Liverpool.
Like I said mane is known to be a philanthropist with most of his wealth going to charity programs in his country back home.
7. KALIDOU KOULIBALY (Net Worth $10MILLIOn)
Koulibaly is the second Senegalese on our list and earns the 7th spot. Koulibaly, born 20th of June 1991, and he is currently the vice-captain of his club S.S.C Napoli.
Koulibaly as a defender is praised for his no-nonsense tackles and strength, he started his professional career playing for Metz a french team in 2010 before joining Napoli on the 1st of july 2014, there has been rumors that this outstanding African player is wanted in Manchester united.
Nevertheless, he is currently one of the highest-paid defenders in the Italian Seria A.
6. SEYDOU KEITA ( Net Worth $10 MILLIOn)
The first malian on our list is Seydou. He was born on born on the 16th of January 1980. Seydou Keita plays as a defensive midfielder with accurate passes and tackles.
Keita has played for top clubs like Marseillens and Barcelona (where he won 14 trophies/Titles. after signing in 2008. Keita left Barcelona in 2012 and he has since then played for other clubs like Seville and As Roma.
Keita was named the best player in the 1999 Fifa world youth championship hosted in Nigeria. In 2012 after signing for the Chinese Super League side Dalian Aerbin, Keita was being paid 14 MILLIOn euros per year making him one of the wealthiest African footballers.
Keita is married to zubalda Johnson and they have both welcomed a son together.
5. PIERRE -EMERICK AUBAMEYANG( Net Worth $15 MILLIOn)
The pretty boy as he is called is a striker from Gabon with a Net Worth of $15MILLIOn dollars. Aubameyang currently plays for Arsenal F.C and has since been a prolific striker, he is known mostly for his Acrobatic celebration and he is regarded as one of the best forward in the world.
Aubameyang is a lover of cars having a range Rover sport Mansory, Lamborghini Aventador lp 700 to name a few. Aubameyang is an ambassador to top companies like Nike, he is an ambassador majorly because of his pretty face, stylish dressing, and his skills on the pitch.
4. ASAMOAH GYAN( Net Worth $23MILLION).
Asamoah Gyan is prolific and wealthy football from Africa, Ghana precisely. He was born in Ghana on 22nd of November 1985. Asamoah plays for an Indian Super League club “Northeast United FC”.
Gyan has played for clubs like Udinese, he earned his spotlight after his brilliant performance at the 2010 Fifa world cup, South Africa.
Gyan has strength, shot power and most especially his dance steps after scoring a goal. He is the highest-paid African player to play in an Indian Superleague.
3. EMMANUEL ADEBAYOR( $25 MILLION)
The Togolese footballer of a Nigerian origin was born on the 26th of February 1984. He is one of the most applauded footballers from Africa.
He has played for clubs likes Manchester City, Arsenal FC, Tottenham, Real Madrid, etc. and he is currently playing for Kayserispor Fc. He was the African footballer of the year 2008. He is one of the richest footballer in Africa with a huge Net worth of $25MILLION)
During his sporting time at Tottenham Hotspur, he was on the number 12 spot on Forbes list of “world’s Best -paid soccer players with a huge sum of $16.7 MILLIOn to his name.
2. MOHAMMED SALAH (Net Worth $25.1 MILLION)
The Egyptian king of football as he is fondly called is regarded as the best footballer in Egypt. Salah was born on 15th June 1992. Mohammed Salah plays as a forward in the premier league club Liverpool FC and is known for his speed and dribbling skills.
Salah has played for clubs like Roma, Florentina, and Chelsea because of his massive talent Salah is currently the highest-paid player in Liverpool and the second richest player from Africa.
1. MIKEL OBI ($45 MILLION)
The outstanding Nigerian footballer occupies our top spot of the African richest player. The 32 years old was born on the 22nd of April 1987. He currently plays for Trabzonspor FC.
The Nigerian legend with a calm face started his footballing career from his birthplace in Jos where he played as an attacking midfielder with plateau united.
Mikel played for Chelsea as a midfielder for 11 years from 2004- 2015, after which he later moved to Tianjin TEDA a club in the Chinese Super League, this move made him the highest-paid Nigerian footballer of all time with a yearly pay of 9 million euros( equivalent to 3.4 billion naira. Mikel later moved to Trabzonspor on a free transfer in 2019.)
Mikel obi is indeed the richest African footballer, he has a lot of exotic cars and a $6 MILLIOn house in London)
Worthy Mention: Samuel Eto’o, Richest Footballer In Africa
Football remains one of the most entertaining sports in Africa. Millions of Africans watch the round leather ball game and keep up with their favorite football clubs and players.
Several players of African descent are playing football in Europe. Also, some of these players are playing football in prestigious football clubs and tournaments.
Due to the level of interest of people in sports, a lot of top companies and brands are getting involved to promote their brands and show their support for football clubs.
Although African football is improving and growing, it is yet to reach the level of football in Europe and South America. Also, football in Africa isn’t too lucrative due to the poor sponsorship and support of the sport and this is the reason why thousands of football youngsters leave Africa to achieve to play football at a top-level.
Africa produced some great players such as George Weah, Austin Jay Jay Okocha, Didier Drogba, Yaya Toure, Nwankwo Kanu, Samuel Eto’o, Mohammed Salah, and many others.
The Richest Footballer In Africa-Samuel Eto’o
Currently, the richest footballer in Africa is Samuel Eto’o of Cameroon. Samuel Eto has played for some of the biggest football clubs in the world, including Barcelona, Inter Milan, Everton, and Chelsea.
Furthermore, he is the first-ever player to win the prestigious African Player of the Year award four times. At a point in time, Samuel Eto’o was the highest-paid African footballer during this time in playing for the Russian football club, Anzhi Makhachkala.
Apart from being a footballer, Samuel Eto’o is a businessman and an investor. He owns a Telecommunications company in Cameroon, and his net worth is estimated to be around $95 Million.
Despite being in his late thirties, Samuel Eto’o is still playing football. Currently, he plays for Qatar SC in the Middle East. Eto’o has several properties in Cameroon, Spain, France, and Italy.
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