African footballers talent has invariably seen them be well rewarded financially and they are among the most expensive African players of all-time. Africa’s modern day greatest feature on this list of Africa’s richest current footballers.
Note: their Net worth is not based on just their salary but other endorsement deals plus other businesses.
Below is the list of the richest footballers in Africa as of 2016:
10) Christopher Samba – Net Worth: $7 Million
The Congolese defender’s wealth owes greatly to the contract he signed at Anzhi Makhachkala where he was paid $160,000 per week. Before then he made his name as the no nonsense captain of Blackburn Rovers. Between two spells at Anzhi he spent six months at Queens Park Rangers, where he again earned around $160,000 a week. He is currently at Panathinaikos F.C.
9) Seydou Keita – Net Worth: $10 Million
The Malian midfielder has recently his currently plying his trade in Qatar with El Jaish SC . Keita earned a reported $16million before tax in his year with Chinese Super League club Dalian Aerbin FC. Before that move he had been an important member of the Barcelona squad for four years having impressed at Sevilla and in the French Ligue 1.
8) Frédéric Kanouté – Net Worth: $12 Million
The 39 years old Mali football legend began his career in France with Lyon before playing for West Ham in 2001. During his spell at Sevilla he won African Player of the Year in 2007 as well as consecutive UEFA Cups. He is currently at Beijing Guoan in the Chinese Super League.
7) John Obi Mikel – Net Worth: $15 Million
The Nigerian skipper started his career at Lyn Oslo befoer signing for the London side Chelsea in 2006. Mikel has achieved great success at Chelsea winning the Premier League and Champions League amongst others, and reportedly earns $5.8 million a year.
6) Kolo Toure – Net Worth: $16 Million
Toure has played for three of England’s biggest clubs in the form of Arsenal, Manchester City and Liverpool. He also has a lucrative sponsorship deal with Adidas. He has become an integral player for the Côte d’Ivoire national team and is one half of football’s highest paid siblings. his currently plying his trade with Scottish League giant Celtic
5) Michael Essien – Net Worth: $25 Million
Essien is remains Africa’s most expensive footballer of all-time after his £24.4million move from Lyon to Chelsea. The Mid fielder has play for Real Madrid, AC Millan and Panathinaikos. He has received multiple nominations for World Player of the Year as well as African Player of the Year in recognition of his status as one of Africa’s best players ever. He played at Chelsea for 8 years before he moved to AC Milan in January 2014 to receive more first-team football.
4) Emmanuel Adebayor – Net Worth: $27 Million
32 years free agent is Togo’s all-time top scorer and has benefited from different lucrative contracts at some of England’s richest clubs. Whilst at Manchester City the striker earned a reported $268,000 a week. the player is known for his enormous charity work. He has set up different projects to help the less privileged and the youth both in his native Togo and across Africa
3) Yaya Toure – Net Worth: $65 Million
one of the finest African player and is recognised as one of the Côte d’Ivoire’s ‘Golden Generation’. He was an important player in the Barcelona team that won the Champions League in 2009 and is currently the engine room of Manchester City’s team. He earns a reported $15million a year to reinforce his status as one of the world’s best.
2) Didier Drogba – Net Worth: $70 Million
Didier Drogba’s enormous fortune is impressive, considering the Ivorian didn’t earn a big move until his 2004 transfer to Chelsea at the age of 26. Since then however the Chelsea legend has signed a number of lucrative contracts. At the height of his powers at Chelsea he was paid $170,000 a week, a figure dwarfed however by the staggering $325,000 he earned in his short spell at Shanghai Shenhua. He also earns $5.2million a year at Galatasaray, however with a number of lucrative sponsorship deals his actual earnings a year are far more. his currently playing for Montreal Impact in the MLS and he earns over $6 millions per year
1) Samuel Eto’o – Net Worth: $90 Million
The man to have won a record four African Player of the Year Award tops the list for the continent’s richest player. Eto’o was in fact once the highest paid player in the world during his spell with Anzhi Makhachkala bringing in a whopping $25millon a year. Goal.com has tagged his net worth at $118 million (£70m), but due to his extravagant lifestyle and his donations to several charity organizations we put the net worth at $90 million.