Top 10 Richest Footballers In Africa 2020

Latest update on the richest footballers in Africa 2020. Football is well acknowledged as the most popular sport in the world. Millions of people play and follow the game regularly and when the football world cup comes around every four years, over a billion viewers tune in to watch. This shows how massive this sport is. The players obviously enjoy fat pay due to the massive following the game enjoys.

Lots of big companies now get involved in sports, signing huge endorsement deals with football clubs and players. Unfortunately, football development in Africa is still in its infancy. African football clubs can’t compare with their counterparts in Europe, South America, and other continents. There isn’t much money in football yet in Africa which is why thousands of African talents are making moves across continents in order to achieve their football dreams. Those who make the cut and get to play in some of the biggest stadiums in the world earn huge sums of money for their work. We take a look at those African football stars who have made the most money from their football careers. Let’s talk about the top ten richest African footballers.

Top 10 Richest Footballers In Africa 2020

Samuel Eto
  • 1. Samuel Eto’o Fils

Top on this list is Cameroonian professional footballer, Samuel Eto’OFils. A legend of the game, he is the first player to win four African Player of the Year awards. He is as of today the richest football player in Africa. At a point in his career, he was the highest-paid football player in the world during his days with Anzhi Makhachkala where he earned $25 Million annually. He currently plays for Qatar SC. He is a businessman and owns a Telecoms company in his country, Cameroon. His net worth is currently estimated to be around $95 Million. He is known for his extravagant lifestyle as he owns multiple mansions, super-cars, and high-flying private jets. He also makes generous donations to various charities. He has featured for some of the biggest clubs in Europe, he has donned the shirt of the likes of Barcelona, Real Madrid, Inter Milan, Antalyaspor, and Chelsea. His extraordinary goal-scoring ability earned him some high wages as well as some highly lucrative sponsorship deals. He is known for his great strength and is widely regarded as one of the all-time greats of African football.

Didier Drogba
  • 2. Didier Yves Drogba Tébily {Retired}

Chelsea legend, Didier Drogba is one of the all-time greatest football players out of Africa. This African Great also earned a lot of money throughout his career. His net worth is put around 90 million US dollars. A two-time African footballer of the year award winner, he is also one of the highest goal scorers for Chelsea. His finest moments in Chelsea’s colors came in the Champions League final of 2012 when he scored the equalizing goal at the death and also went on to score the winning penalty against Bayern to seal a first Champions League win for Chelsea. He played for Shanghai Shenhua (China) earning a salary of 200 thousand pounds a week, after which he moved to Galatasaray in Turkey. He left Galatasaray and returned to Chelsea again. He then moved to Phoenix Rising (in the USA). He is known as a philanthropist, spending a lot of money on charity.

Yaya Toure
  • 3. Gnegneri Yaya Toure

Ivorian footballer Yaya Toure is one of the richest African footballers. His net worth is currently put at the US $70 Million. He plays as a central midfielder and started his career at the age of 18, playing for the Ivorian football side ASEC Mimosa. While at Manchester City, he was on a salary of 210 thousand Euros a week. He is a four-time African footballer of the year award winner. His most recent club is Olympiakos of Greece but his contract was terminated after a few months.

Emmanuel Adebayor
  • 4. Emmanuel Sheyi Adebayor

Nigeria born Togolese football superstar, Emmanuel Sheyi Adebayor is next on this list. He is the all-time top scorer for Togo is one of the top ten richest African footballers. During his time in England, he signed some very lucrative deals with the likes of Manchester City, Arsenal, and Tottenham. He currently plays as a striker for the Turkish club Istanbul Basaksehir and has also featured for Crystal Palace and Real Madrid. In 2008, he was voted as the African footballer of the year for his exploits during that football year. With 31 goals, he is Togo’s all-time top goalscorer. He currently has a net worth of about $45 Million.

  • 5. Michael Essien

Michael Essien is a Ghanaian football star. He was born in 1982. He has featured for the Ghana National Team well over 50 times  He is famous for his ability to energetically support defensive and offensive play and also for his tough and powerful tackling playstyle which has earned him the nickname of ‘The Bison’. He featured for a number of top European club sides including French sides Bastia and Lyon, Chelsea, Real Madrid, AC Millan, and others. He is as of now a free agent and his net worth is 35 million US dollars.

  • 6. Asamoah Gyan

Asamoah Gyan is a Ghanaian football forward. He featured a number of football clubs such as Udinese, Rennes, Al Ain, and Shanghai SIPG. He is the current captain of the Black Stars of Ghana and also plays for Turkish outfit Kayserispor. His current net worth is 23 million US dollars.

  • 7. John Obi Mikel

The current captain of the Nigerian Super Eagles is up next. He recently signed up for championship side Middles brought from Chinese Super League side Tianjin Teda. His net worth is currently put at 30 million US dollars. He was born John Michael Nchekwube Obinna but as a result of a mistake in his name submitted by the Nigerian Football Association in 2013 to FIFA for a tournament in Finland, his name was changed to “Mikel” which he has since stuck with. This elite footballer has featured for top English Premier League side Chelsea and Lyn Oslo In Norway. His contract at Tianjin Teda fetched him 140 thousand pounds weekly.

  • 8. Seydou Keita

Malian top footballer, Seydou Keita was born in the year 1980 in Mali. He is a versatile footballer who can play both as a central midfielder and a defensive midfielder. The most productive phases of his career were with Lens and Barcelona where he won a total of 14 titles. He played for Barcelona for four years and featured prominently in the first team. He also put up impressive performances in the French Ligue 1 and also at Sevilla. His professional football career started when he was 17. He represented his country, Mali at the age of 20 and he appeared in seven African Cup of Nations tournaments. He enjoyed some lucrative salaries during the peak of his career and as of today, he is worth $10 Million.

  • 9. Christopher Samba

Next on this list is highly popular Congolese defender Christopher Samba. He is currently one of the top ten richest African footballers. His net worth is currently put at the US $7 Million. His most lucrative salary was a $160,000 per week contract he signed with Anzi Makhachkala. Samba was born in France and currently plays for Championship club Aston Villa as a defender. He has also played for various football clubs including Hertha BSC, Blackburn Rovers, and Dynamo Moscow.

  • 10. Sulley Ali Muntari

Rounding up this list of richest footballers in Africa is Ghanaian soccer player Sulley Muntari. Sulley’s foray into professional football started when he featured in a youth tournament. He then moved up the leader to Ghana’s U20 team and then to the senior national team, the Black Stars. ‘Bad boy Muntari’ as he has been tagged by Ghanaian football lovers has been successful in his football career and has amassed wealth estimated to be around $5 million US dollars. The 34-year-old football player has donned the shirt of many top European club sides such as Udinese, Portsmouth, Milan and Deportivo de La Coruña (Spain) and several others. He is currently a free agent and is unattached to any football club.


Conclusion On The Top 10 Richest Footballers In Africa 2020

We have discussed the richest football players in Africa. These superstars earned their fortune thrilling fans all over the world with their amazing soccer skills, stamina, and strength associated with African footballers. They were able to change their lives doing what they love and this shows the power of sports in the development of a country and by extension, a continent. It is hoped that more attention will be paid to sports development in Africa by relevant authorities in the near future.

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