Africa over time is known always churn out some of the biggest names in the world of football. Names like Samuel Eto’o, Yaya Toure, Didier Drogba, Kanu Nwankwo, and Jay-Jay Okocha bring back memories of beautiful talents and careers that were success-laden.
Nowadays, we still have big names from Africa who ply their trade all over the world and are very successful. Here is a compilation of 10 of the richest African footballers around the world.
- YAYA TOURE – $70 MILLION
Yaya Toure is an Ivorian professional footballer who recently played as a midfielder for Superleague Greece club Olympiacos. He is the former captain of the Ivory Coast national team and has spent time in big teams across Europe such as; Olympiacos, Monaco, Barcelona and Manchester City. He is currently a free agent and he still eyes a return to the premier league. Yaya Toure is estimated to have a net worth of $70 million.
2. JOHN OBI MIKEL – $60 MILLION
John Obi Mikel is a 31 years old Nigerian Footballer who currently plays for Middlesbrough following his transfer from Tianjin Teda in China in January 2019. Mikel has had the opportunity to play for clubs such as FK Lyn, Plateau United and Chelsea. Mikel’s current contract in Middlesbrough runs till the 30th of June 2019. Mikel is estimated to have a net worth of $60 million.
3. MICHAEL ESSIEN – $35 MILLION
A current player of Sabail, the 36 years old Ghanian international midfielder has made a name for himself in the world of football, having spent time at some major teams across Europe such as; Lyon, Chelsea, Real Madrid, Milan, etc. He is currently on a two years contract at Sabail that runs till June 2020. Essien is estimated to have a net worth of $35 million.
4. MOHAMED SALAH – $30 MILLION
The 26 years old Egyptian has etched his name in football’s history books having won a plethora of awards, including; the PFA Players’ player of the year, FIFA Puskas Award, FWA Footballer of the Year, the Premier League Golden Boot in 2017, BBC African Footballer of the year, etc. The player is tied to a 5 years contract at Liverpool till 2023 with a take-home of $260,000 per week. Salah is estimated to have a net worth of $30 million.
5. ASAMOAH GYAN – $23 MILLION
The 32 years old captain of the Ghanaian national team currently plays for Turkish side Kayserispor where he is presently on the last year of his contract. Asamoah Gyan started playing at the age of 17 with Liberty professional, a team in the Ghanaian premier league. Gyan has had the opportunity to play for some top teams such as; Udinese, Rennes, Sunderland, etc. Gyan’s net worth is estimated at $23 million.
6. SADIO MANE – $18 MILLION
The Senegalese superstar joined Liverpool in 2016 on a 5 years contract, a move that made him the most expensive African footballer at the time. Mane, however, went on to sign a new 5 years contract for Liverpool in November 2018 tying him to the club till June 2023. Mane has played 153 premier league matches for Liverpool, scoring 61 goals and laying off 22 assists. Mane has also had the opportunity to play for clubs such as Southampton, RB Salzburg, and FC Metz. Sadio Mane is estimated to have a net worth of $18 million.
7. PIERRE-EMERICK AUBAMEYANG – $16 MILLION
Aubameyang was born in Lavel, France to a Gabonese father. His father, Pierre Aubameyang was the former captain of the Gabonese national team. Aubameyang has also gone on to represent the Gabonese national team 59 times, scoring 24 goals. Aubameyang is estimated to have a net worth of $16 million.
8. RIYAD MAHREZ – $16 MILLION
Riyad Mahrez earns a whopping $260,000 every week following his £60 million move to Manchester City from Leicester in 2018. Mahrez played a key role as Leicester won the premier league title in the 2015/2016 season. Riyad Mahrez is estimated to have a net worth of $16 million.
9. SULEYMAN ALI MUNTARI – $5 MILLION
Sulleyman is a 34 years old Ghanaian professional footballer who plays with Albacete Balompie in the Spanish second tier division where he is in the final year of his contract. Muntari has spent time at clubs like Udinese, Portsmouth, Internazionale, and Milan. Muntari is estimated to have a net worth of $5 million.
10. Wilfried Zaha – $4 MILLION
Dazet Wilfried Armel Zaha is a 25 years old professional footballer who plies his trade at Crystal Palace. Zaha has enjoyed a relatively successful career and even had the opportunity to play at Manchester United, following his move from Crystal Palace to Manchester United in 2013. He burst into the scene at Crystal Palace in 2010 at the age of 18. Zaha was voted Young Player of the Year by the Football League in 2012. He is currently the highest earning player at Selhurst Park following his recent deal in 2018 that takes his earnings to $170,000 per week. Zaha is estimated by Forbes to have a net worth of over $4million.