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Top Ten Richest Footballers in Africa 2017
Over the years, football in Africa has gained respect as it has turned into a lucrative source of income to the players. There are many players from Africa who are playing in the major leagues like English Premier League, La Liga, Ligue 1 and the Dutch League. African players are known for their aggressive and skill-set approach they bring to the pitch. This has seen them propel to being among the richest footballers in Africa.
We have compiled data on the ten richest footballers in Africa. This based on current data collected, plus the list of richest footballers is long due to the many players but below are the richest footballers in Africa 2017.
Samuel Etoo – Net Worth $ 202 Million
The 36-year-old Cameroon legend leads the list of richest footballers in Africa. He has a wonderful and successful career having won four African Player of the Year trophies. When he joined Anzhi Makhachkala under the Russian League, he was the highest paid player in the world earning $26 Million a year.
He has played for top clubs in the world including Real Madrid, Barcelona, Inter Milan and Chelsea. He also had contracts with big companies like Samsung and Adidas. All these accolades make him the richest footballer in Africa 2017.
Didier Drogba – Net Worth $ 155 Million
The former captain of the Ivory Coast national team is no stranger to many. He is career took off when he played for Chelsea where he earned $ 170,000 a week. He holds the record for top scorer African player. He has won African Player of the year twice.
He has had many contracts with sport giants Adidas. Also his move to Chinese league saw him earn $ 325,000 before he was signed to Galatarasay on a deal that sees him make $ 5.2 Million a year. He is still among the top richest footballers in Africa.
Yaya Toure – Net Worth $ 150 Million
The four-time consecutive African player of the Year has accomplished milestones in his football career. He helped his team at the time Barcelona to win the champions league in 2009. He also helped his current team Manchester City win their first league title after a long dry spell. He is currently earning $15 Million a year for his stay at the club.
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Emmanuel Adebayor – Net Worth $ 70 Million
The Togo’s all-time top scorer helped his team qualify for the 2006 African cup of Nations. He is widely known for his charitable nature where he has founded many foundations across the continent. During his stay at Manchester City, he earned a whopping $270 Million. He also played in the Europe league for Crystal Palace before his move to his current team Basaksehir. In 2009, he was the most expensive player in Africa.
Michael Essien – Net Worth $ 55 Million
The Ghanaian midfielder holds the record for Africa’s most expensive footballer in history when he was signed to Chelsea back in 2005 from Lyon. In 2006, he was nominated by FIFA as World Player of the Year. In 2017, he became the richest paid footballer in Indonesia when he was signed to club Persib Bandung.
Asamoah Gyan – Net Worth $ 45 Million
The international star from Ghana was the highest paid in Africa in 2017 especially after joining the Chinese league under Shanghai SIPG which saw him earn $350,000 a week.
John Obi Mikel – Net Worth $ 41 Million
In 2017, he was named the richest Nigerian footballer netting an annual salary of $ 7 Million. His stay at Chelsea helped secure the fortune shown by his taste in cars. He also makes a fortune currently as a midfielder in the Chinese League for Club Tianjin TEDA.
Seydou Keita – Net Worth $ 35 Million
The Mali star who doubles up as a midfielder and defender made his career took off during his stay at Lens and Barcelona. During his stay at the Chinese Super League, he earned $ 15 Million a year.
Christopher Samba – Net Worth $ 30 Million
The Congolese defender made a fortune after being signed to the Russian league on a $ 160,000-week salary. He also earned the same when he was signed to Queen Park Rangers on a half a year contract.
Sulley Muntari – Net Worth $ 22 Million
The Ghanaian central midfielder made his major deal when he joined Saudi league club Ittihad FC in 2015 on a two-year contract worth $ 6 Million.
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