Richest Footballers in Africa: Top 10

African footballers have been able to make impact in Europe and other foreign countries where they ply their trades. In this write-up, you will learn about the top 10 richest footballers of African origin.


Samuel Eto’o

He is from Cameroon. His net worth is $90 million. He has won the African Player of the Year award for up to 4 times.  He was once the highest paid player in the world. He has an extravagant lifestyle and he donates to a number of charity organizations.

Didier Drogba

He is from Ivory Coast. His net worth is $70 million. He has a very impressive career. He moved to chelae in 2004 when he was 26 years of age.  He had also signed a number of highly lucrative contracts since then.  He was earning up to $170,000 per week at Chelsea at one point.

Yaya Toure

He is another player from Ivory Coast. His net worth is $65 million. He has been awarded as the best African football player for three consecutive times since 2011.  He is one of the very popular Golden Generation from Ivory Coast.

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Emmanuel Adebayor

He is from Togo. His net worth is $27 million. He is the all time highest goal scorer for the Togolese national football team.

He has played in a number of European football clubs.  He was earning up to $268,000 per week when he was in Manchester City.  He is also involved in a host of Charity works.

Michael Essien

He is from Ghana. His net worth is $25 million. In his heydays, he was the most expensive footballer of all-time from African origin, earning up to 24.4 million pounds, that was when he moved to Chelsea from Lyon. He was nominated as World Best Player and African Best Players a number of times.

Kolo Toure

He is from Ivory Coast. His net worth is $18 million. He has plied his trade in a number of big European clubs, like Liverpool, Manchester City and Arsenal. He is part of the Ivorian national team.

John Obi MIkel

He is from Nigeria. His net worth is $15 million. He became very famous after just 6 appearances for Lyon Oslo. He was so famous to the extent that both Chelsea and Manchester United wanted to sign him; that was when he was 18 years of age. Chelsea finally signed him when  he was 18 years of age in 2006.

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Frederic Kanoute

He is from Mali. His net worth is $12 million.  He was playing in Lyon before he moved to West Ham in England in 2011. He won African Best Player Award in 2007 when he was playing with Sevilla.

Seydou Keita

He is from Mali. His net worth is $10 million. He was initially in playing in the Chinese Super League, but has now moved to Valencia in Spain.  He was once a very important part of the Barcelona football team.

Christopher Samba

He is from Congo. His net worth is $8 million. He plays as a defender.  He made his wealth from the contract he signed with Anzhi Makhachkala, which earned him $160 per week.

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  1. Victor Noah

    Why is Kelechi Iheanacho not on the list? He now earns even more than Mikel, about 85,000 pounds weekly. So i think i should be on the list.

    1. Adeleke

      Kelechi just started earning more than Mikel ok

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