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The African continent full of a lot of talented individuals and this has also reflected in the way African footballer perform in their various leagues and also when representing their own countries at various tournaments like the AFCON, Olympics and the world cup.
Billions of people around the world are very much interested in football and this makes it the most popular and the most profitable sporting activity across the globe. Soccer players at various football clubs are not left out on the dividends of the sport thus making them some of the richest athletes on earth.
The talents of these African footballers have made them some of the most valued soccer players around the world. And with contracts from various football clubs, brand endorsements and investments, these stars are have made good sums of money for themselves.
In this article, we will be taking a look at the top 10 richest footballers in Africa right now. These soccer players earn a very large salary on a weekly and monthly basis. Some of these players also have very profitable endorsement deals from popular brands as well as various investments which help them earn huge sums of money almost every day.
Richest African Footballers Of 2021
Below is a list of the richest African footballers right now. One major thing to note is that the networth of these African soccer stars are not only based on their cumulative salaries but on their current endorsement deals with popular brands and investments.
These are the richest African players who are still actively playing football. We won’t be including the names of some wealthy retired footballers like Etoo, Drogba and the rest because they are no longer active in the game of football as players.
1) Mikel Obi
- Current Networth – $45 Million
- Nationality – Nigerian
- Age – 32 Years
- Plays For – Nigeria National Football Team & Stoke City FC
John Michael Nchekwube Obinna who was born on the 22nd of April, 1987 is a Nigerian footballer who currently plays for the Nigerian National Football Team & Stoke City FC which is a football club in the English Football League Championship.
This incredibly rich footballer was born in Jos the capital of Plateau state located in the Northern part pf Nigerian and he started his football career as an attacking Midfielder with local club Plateau United, before joining Norwegian club, Lyn at the age of 17 in 2004.
He moved to Chelsea in 2004 and played as a midfielder there for 11 years before moving to Chinese side Tianjin TEDA in 2017. After his move to China, he became one of the highest-paid Nigerian footballers of all time with a huge annual wage of around 3.4 billion Naira (9 million euros).
He later moved to English side Middlesbrough in January 2019 after spending 2 years in the Chinese Football League as a midfielder for Tianjin TEDA. Mikel later moved to Turkish club Trabzonspor on a free transfer in early 2019. The Nigerian play now plays for stoke city after issues he had with his former Turkish side, Trabzonspor.
Mikel Obi is a very rich Nigerian footballer and unarguably the richest footballer in Africa right now. According to Pulse Nigeria, this successful football player has a $6 million house in London and a collection of luxurious cars to his name.
2) Emmanuel Adebayor
- Current Networth – $25 Million
- Nationality – Togolese
- Age – 35 Years
- Plays For – Togo National Football Team & Kayserispor FC
Sheyi Emmanuel Adebayor who was born on 26 February 1984 is a Togolese professional footballer who currently plays for the Togolese National Football Team & Kayserispor FC. He is one of the most accomplished African players who has played for top clubs like Arsenal FC, Manchester City, Tottenham Hotspur and Crystal Palace, Real Madrid as well as French side Metz, Monégasque team Monaco and Turkish club İstanbul Başakşehir.
He is one of the richest footballers in Africa right now with an outstanding networth of around $25 Million. He won the award of the African Footballer of the Year in 2008 while playing as a striker at Arsenal Football Club.
While he was a footballer at Tottenham Hotspurs, he occupied the twelfth spot on Forbes list of The World’s Best-Paid Soccer Players with a total earning of $16.7 million at the time.
4) Mohammed Salah
- Current Networth (Forbes) – $25.1 Million
- Nationality – Egyptian
- Age – 27 Years
- Plays For – Liverpool F.C. & Egypt National Football Team
Mohamed Salah Hamed is an Egyptian professional footballer who currently plays for premier league side – Liverpool F.C and the Egyptian National Football Team. He is considered one of the best players in the world he is known for his dribbling skills and speed.
He is one of the highest-paid African players in the English premier league and he is currently the highest-paid player at Liverpool F.C.
Salah who is often referred to as the Egyptian King is has played for various top clubs which includes Roma, Fiorentina, Chelsea, and now Liverpool. he is also one of the most talented players in the premier league ant this has earned him an outstanding weekly salary at Liverpool.
He is one of the richest players in Africa right now and he occupies the 4th spot on this list of the richest African footballers with an estimated networth of $25.1 Million. Even with his outstanding networth and fame, Salah has remained humble.
3) Asamoah Gyan
- Current Networth – $23 Million
- Age – 34 Years
- Nationality – Ghanian
- Plays For – Ghana National Football Team & NorthEast United FC
Asamoah Gyan is a Ghanian professional footballer who was born on the 22nd of November, 185. He currently plays as a striker for NorthEast United FC (a club in the Indian Super League) and he is the former captain of the Ghanaian national team.
Gyan began his career in 2003 with Ghanaian Premier League club – Liberty Professional and he started his professional footballing career with Serie A club – Udinese. He became popular after playing for Ghana at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.
Throughout his footballing career, Asamoah Gyan has accumulated a lot of wealth as an African footballer. He currently has a lot of local (investments in Ghana) and international investments to his name.
Gyan is also one of the richest footballers in Africa with an estimated networth of $23 Million. He is one of the highest-paid African footballers in the Indian Super League where he plays as a forward for NorthEast United Football Club.
5) Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
- Current Networth – $15 Million
- Age – 30 Years
- Nationality – Gabonese
- Plays For – Arsenal F.C & Gabon National Football Team
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is a professional footballer from Gabon. He is a striker who currently plays for Premier League side Arsenal F.C and the Gabonese national Football Team. He is one of the best forwards in the world and was signed by Arsenal for £56 million on the 31st of January 2018.
He is one of the richest African footballers and his move from Borussia Dortmund F.C gave him an upper hand when negotiating for his salary. Aubameyang now earns £180,000 per week at Arsenal Football Club and he is doing quite well there.
Aubameyang has a networth of around $15 million and he loves expensive cars. According to TheSun.co.uk, his car collection is currently worth £3m since he joined the Gunners in 2018. Models of his cars alongside their prices are listed below.
- Range Rover Sport Mansory – Price: £150,000+
- Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4 (1) – Price: £250,000
- Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4 (2) – Price: £250,000
- Porsche Panamera Turbo Techart – Price: £140,000
- Porsche Panamera Mansory – Price: £120,000
- Ferrari 488 Spider – Price: £205,000
- Ferrari 458 Italia – Price: £200,000
- Audi R8 V10 Plus – Price: £130,000
- Aston Martin DB9 Volante 2 – Price: £140,000
- VW Beetle Cabriolet – Price: £22,000
Aubameyang also has sponsorship deals with top companies like Nike and other top companies which earns him more cash. He wears the Nike Hypervenom Phantom III DF boot which is the same boot worn by Harry Kane and Samir Nasri and many believe he is paid to do so.
6) Seydou Keita
- Current Networth – $10 Million
- Age – 39 Years
- Nationality – Malian
- Plays For – Mali National Football Team & El Jaish SC
Seydou Keita is a Malian professional footballer. He plays as a defensive or central midfielder and started his professional career with Marseille. Since then, he has played for many top clubs which include Lens F.C (five seasons) and Barcelona F.C (four seasons), and he has won 14 titles with the latter club after signing in 2008.
He later left Barcelona in 2012 and since then, he has also played for some top clubs which include Sevilla, Dalian Aerbin, AS Roma, and El Jaish FC. He is one of Africa’s richest football stars and he has a networth of $10 Million.
7) Kalidou Koulibaly
- Current Networth – $10 Million
- Age – 28 Years
- Nationality – Senegalese
- Plays For – S.S.C. Napoli & Senegal National Football Team
Kalidou Koulibaly is a Senegalese professional footballer who plays as a centre back for Seria A side – S.S.C. Napoli and the Senegalese National team. He is also the vice-captain of his club side – Napoli.
He started his professional footballing career with French team Metz in 2010, before moving to Belgian club Genk in 2012 where he won the Belgian Cup in his first season.
Koulibaly was born in France to Senegalese parents, he was eligible to represent both nations at international level. He initially played for the France U20 football team but he later switched to the Senegalese side in 2015.
This defender currently plays for the Senegalese team at international level and has represented the country as a central defender in many football tournaments.
He is currently one of the richest footballers in Africa right now and he has a networth of $10 Million. He is also one of the highest-paid defenders in the Italian football league.
8) Sadio Mané
- Current Networth – $8 Million
- Age – 27 Years
- Nationality – Senegalese
- Plays For – Liverpool F.C. & Senegal National Football Team
Sadio Mané is a Senegalese professional footballer who plays for English Premier League Giants – Liverpool F.C at club level and Senegal national football team at international level. He is one of the best players in the premier league and the world at large.
Mané started his footballing career with Ligue 1 club – Metz F.C at age 21. He later left the club after one season for Austrian club – Red Bull Salzburg in 2012. He later left Red Bull for Southampton where he set the record of the fastest hattrick in the English Premier League.
He joined Liverpool in 2016 for a reported fee of £34 million and since then, he has become of the best players ever in the Premier League. He is one of the richest African footballers right now and he is the second-highest-paid player in Liverpool after Mohamed Salah.
Despite his incredibly high networth of $8 Million, Mané is a very humble guy. He is known for various charity projects back home in Senegal and he is well respected for these kind gestures all over the world.
9) Riyad Mahrez
- Current Networth – $8 Million
- Age – 28 Years
- Nationality – Algerian
- Plays For – Manchester City F.C. & Algeria National Football Team
Riyad Karim Mahrez who was born on the 21st of February 1991 is a professional footballer from Algeria. He plays as a winger for Premier League side – Manchester City and captains the Algerian national football team.
Mahrez began his career as a youth player for French club AAS Sarcelles and made his first professional appearance for French Side – Le Havre. He joined Leicester City FC in 2014 where he helped them win the championship and promotion to the Premier League at the end of his first season.
Mahrz later moved to Manchester City in 2018, winning the Premier League, FA Cup and EFL Cup in his first season. He is one of the best African players and one of the highest-paid African players in the English Premier League.
Mahrez was also the Algerian Player of the year for 2015-2016 season. He also won the African Footballer of the Year awards also in 2016. Riyad Mahrez is one of the richest footballers in Africa and he has an estimated networth of around $8 Million.
10) Wilfried Zaha
- Current Networth – $4 Million
- Age – 27 Years
- Nationality – Ivorian (from Ivory Coast/Côte d’Ivoire)
- Plays For – Crystal Palace F.C & Ivory Coast National Football Team
Dazet Wilfried Armel Zaha who was born on the 10th of November 1992 plays as a forward for Crystal Palace F.C and the Ivory Coast national team. He made his first professional appearance for Crystal Palace in 2010 after he advanced from Crystal Palace Academy in for the first team.
Zaha left Crystal Palace for Machester United in 2013 under the then manager – Alex Ferguson and he didn’t perform quite well there. He later returned to Palace in August 2014 on a season-long loan, before rejoining the club on a permanent basis in February 2015.
He one of the richest footballers in Africa and he has a networth of $4 Million. Zaha occupies the 10th spot on this list of Africas richest soccer stars right now.
Richest African Players Of All Time (Retired & Active)
- Samuel Eto’o Fils ($95 Million Est.)
- Didier Drogba Tébily ($90 Million Est.)
- Yaya Toure ($70 Million Est.)
- John Mikel Obi – ($45 Million Est.)
- Michel Essien – ($35 Million Est.)
- Mohamed Salah – ($25.1 Million Est.)
- Emmanuel Adebayor ($25 Million Est.)
- Asamoah Gyan ($23 Million Est.)
- Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang ($15 Million Est.)
- Seydou Keita ($10 Million Est.)
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