Football is one of the most popular sports in Africa. Ghana produces some of the finest players who shine with their skills in international stadiums. Their talent and enthusiasm for the game are rewarding, as seen from Ghanaian footballers' hefty salaries when playing for foreign clubs. The richest Ghanaian footballers of all time are some of the youngest millionaires in Ghana.
Football is not an easy sport. To prepare for the game, the footballers train hard and for long hours for their efforts to pay off. Ghanaian football fans appreciate the players and always show up for matches. Ghana has played in the world cup 3 times; in 2006, 2010, and 2014.
The appearance at the world cup has contributed to many of the national team's success. They go ahead and get picked by international clubs and play for big leagues like the EPL, La Liga, Bundesliga, and Serie A.
Richest Ghanaian footballers of all time
The popularity of football and excitement with the action on and off the pitch attract a mass following. Professional footballers have hefty wallets due to their enormous salaries and allowances. The following are the most productive football players in Ghana.
1. Michael Essien - $35 million
The 37-year-old Ghanaian footballer started his career as a super player in Ghana's Liberty Professionals. He has played for Bastia, Lyon, Chelsea, Real Madrid, Milan, Panathinaikos, Persib Bandung, and Sabail, where he is currently signed.
He is an all-time richest footballer in Ghana and has represented his country at the 2006 and 2014 FIFA World Cups. Essien's wealth allows him to travel the world and purchase whatever he wishes.
He has several lavish homes in London and back home in Ghana. One of the most notable properties he has is the house in Cobham. It is estimated to be worth $2million.
2. Asamoah Gyan - $23 million
Asamoah Gyan is a striker and former captain of the Ghanaian national team. The 34-year-old first started playing professional football in 2003 when he was signed to Liberty Professionals.
He is an all-time leading goal scorer of Ghana national team having scored 51 goals. Asamoah Gyan has represented Ghana in 2006, 2010 and 2014 FIFA World Cups. He is the top African World Cup goalscorer with six goals.
Some of the international teams he has played for include Udinese in Italy, Modena in Italy, and Kayserispor in Turkey. His thriving career has seen him accumulate assets like McCarthy Hill house worth $3 million and his Rolls Royce worth about $400,000.
3. Andre Ayew - $20 million
André Ayew was born in Seclin, France, in 1989. He is one of the wealthiest Ghanaian footballers. The footballer currently plays as a winger for Swansea City. He is also the captain of the Ghana national team.
The young star comes from a family of footballers. His father, Abedi Ayew, was a three-time African Footballer of the Year. André started his career by playing for Nania in 2005. His career has seen him move to clubs like Marseille, Lorient, and West Ham United.
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4. Kevin-Prince Boateng - $20 million
Other than playing professional football, Kevin-Prince Boateng also spends his time rapping. He officially released the video to his first rap song, 'King,' in 2018, which had fans excited. The 33-year-old was born in West Berlin, Germany.
Boateng represented Germany when he was a youth player and later went on to play for Ghana at the senior level. He represented Ghana at the 2010 and 2014 FIFA World Cups.
His current team is Beşiktaş, where he is on loan from Fiorentina. He has previously played for Tottenham Hotspur, Portsmouth, Milan, Schalke 04, Las Palmas, and Eintracht Frankfurt, among other international clubs.
5. Jordan Pierre Ayew - $18 million
Jordan Ayew is the brother to Andre Ayew and son to ex-footballer Abedi Pele. He is one of the wealthiest footballers in Ghana and currently plays as a forward for Crystal Palace. The 28-year-old started his career when he joined Marseille as a trainee in 2006.
He was later signed in the French Football club for three years. He has played for Sochaux on loan, Lorient, Aston Villa, Swansea City, and Crystal Palace.
Jordan Ayew's brothers and father are not the only people who have taken a career in football. His uncles Kwame, and Sola, and even sister, Imani, have all been current or former professional footballers.
6. Kwadwo Asamoah - $6 million
Kwadwo Asamoah currently plays for Inter Milan in Italy. His first professional career was with Udinese in 2008. Asamoah's star began to shine in 2010 after his impeccable performance at the 2010 World Cup and Africa Cup of Nations.
European clubs soon started taking an interest in him. Juventus later signed him. He played for Juventus from 2012 to 2018 before he went to Inter Milan.
7. Sulley Ali Muntari - $5 million
Sulley Muntari's football talent first gained public recognition when he played in a youth tournament for the Ghanaian national U20 team. Muntari then went to Black Stars, and his career has been rising since then.
The 35-year-old experienced midfielder is one of the wealthiest players in Ghana. He has played for various international clubs, including Udinese, Portsmouth, Internazionale, Milan, and Pescara. His current team is Deportivo de La Coruña.
8. Christian Atsu - $3 million
Christian Atsu currently plays as a winger and attacking midfielder for Newcastle United and Ghana national team. He started his professional career at the Portuguese football club, Porto.
He has previously played for Rio Ave on loan, Chelsea, Vitesse, and Malaga on loan. The winger is great on the field and is known to have excellent relations with people close to him. He is a devout Christian who likes sharing positivity and Bible verses on his social media platforms.
9. John Boye - $2 million
John Boe started out playing for his local teams in Accra. He played professionally for Schweppes' youth academy and later went to Pro Consult Sports Academy and Miracle FC.
He was signed to FC Metz, his current team, on 21st June 2018. The 33-year-old defender has previously played for Herat of Lions, Rennes B, Kayseri Erciyesspor, and Sivasspor.
10. Afriyie Acquah - $2 million
Afriyie Acquah was born in Sunyani, Brong-Ahafo, Ghana. The 28-year-old speaks Italian. He learned the language form his tutor when after moving to Italy in 2010.
Afriyie showed his passion for football when young and started his now flourishing career at Glentoran Football Academy in Sunyani, Ghana. Notable teams the Ghanaian midfielder has played for include Palermo, Parma on loan, Torino, and Empoli all in Italy.
The good thing with many of the richest Ghanaian footballers of all time is that they give back to the community. You will find the players taking part in community programs that benefit the vulnerable in society. They also live expensively, and you will hear of select properties they own in the country and abroad. Being in the limelight makes it difficult for them to lead private lives as the public is always eager to learn their net moves. However, the footballers do not mind the public eye as long as nobody intrudes into their personal lives.
Most of the players have invested their hard-earned money to make more earnings. Apart from football, some of the players get extra income from endorsements and business.