The 10 Richest Footballers in Africa [2021 Updated]
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The African continent full of a lot of talented individuals and this has also reflected in the way African footballers perform in their various leagues and also when representing their own countries at various tournaments like the AFCON, Olympics, and the world cup.
African footballers are among the highest earners in the world of football.
When talking about the top ten richest African footballers and their net worth, we should note that the salary from the games, the prize money they get, or the amounts they receive from their endorsement deals, is not thousands of dollars but millions and millions of dollars.
Now, who are the richest footballers in Africa? Here is a comprehensive list.
List of Top 10 Richest African Footballers
|Richest Footballers In Africa|
|Rank||Name||Estimated Net worth|
|#1||Samuel Etoo||$95 million|
|#2||Didier Yves Drogba||$90 million|
|#3||Yaya Toure||$70 million|
|#4||John Mikel Obi||$60 million|
|#5||Seydou Keita||$51 million|
|#6||Emmanuel Adebayor||$45 million|
|#7||Michael Essien||$35 million|
|#8||Asamoah Gyan||$23 million|
|#9||Sulley Ali Muntari||$22 million|
|#10||Christopher Samba||$20 million|
10. Christopher Samba
Veijeany Christopher Samba (born 28 March 1984), known as Christopher Samba, is a former professional footballer who played as a defender. Born in France, he played for the Congo national team.
He has also played for various football clubs including Hertha BSC, Blackburn Rovers, and Dynamo Moscow. In 2007, he signed a deal of three and a half years for £450,000.
9. Sulley Ali Muntari
This soccer player hasn’t just benefited much from his lucrative football career, but also from the numerous contracts with most of England’s richest clubs.
In 2012 for instance, he earned about $7,540,000 from permanent contracts and $8,810,000 as annual salary he signed with Tottenham Hotspur.
Whilst at Manchester City the striker earned a reported $268,000 a week and by 2015, he has an estimated net worth of $22million
His fleet of cars includes six-wheeled Mercedes Brabus G63 AMG 6×6 – that cost around $900, 000 at the time of purchase.
In fact, he loves cars so much he runs a car pimping service and drives a Lamborghini Gallardo with an estimated worth of about £96,000.
He has an Escalade, a Mercedes Benz, and a Ferrari in his garage.
Awards: African Footballer of the Year, Ivory Coast Player of the Year, FIFA Ballon d‘Or, FIFA World Player of the Year, BBC African Footballer of the Year.
8. Asamoah Gyan
Asamoah Gyan is very wealthy and currently number 8 on our list of top 10 richest footballers in Africa with an estimated net worth of $23 million.
This wonderful striker is blessed with many mansions, luxurious cars worth millions of dollars and other assets.
Asamoah’s assets include his McCarthy Hill house worth $3 million and his Rolls Royce worth about $400,000.
Asamoah has lately obtained a license to operate a private airline, ‘Baby Jet Airlines’ in Ghana.
7. Michael Essien
Michael Essien is a Ghanaian football star and has featured in both champions league and premier league well over many times.
This midfielder is blessed with many mansions, luxurious cars worth millions of dollars and other assets.
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.
6. Emmanuel Adebayor
Emmanuel Adebayor is another richest player who originates from Nigeria and is well known all over the world.
He played for Arsenal, Manchester City, Tottenham Hotspurs and Crystal Palace in English Premier League.
This professional footballer Adebayor hasn’t just benefited much from his lucrative football career, but also from the numerous contracts with most of England’s richest clubsr.
While at Manchester City the striker earned a reported $268,000 a week and by 2015, he has an estimated net worth of $45million.
He lives an extravagant lifestyle with multiple mansions, super-cars, and high-flying private jets.
5. Seydou Keita
Seydou Keita is a versatile footballer who can play both as a central midfielder and a defensive midfielder on the football field.
His professional football career started when he was 17. He represented his country, Mali at the age of 20 and he appeared in the seventh African Cup of Nations tournaments.
Keita made his debut in 2000 for Mali at the FIFA World Cup Qualifier.
In 2012, he joined the Chinese Super League Club FC Dalian Aerbin where he is paid €14 million per year.
He is blessed with many mansions, luxurious cars worth millions of dollars and other assets.
4. John Mikel Obi
John Mikel Obi is very wealthy and currently number 4 on our list of top 10 richest footballers in Africa with an estimated net worth of $50 million.
While this professional footballer is a former player, he represented Nigeria in many championships. He takes the top spot on the list of top 15 richest footballers in Nigeria.
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.
He’s no doubt one of the richest footballers in Africa 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.
He also has extremely expensive cars such as, for example, Bentley Continental GT (it costs about N35m), expensive Mercedes G Wagon (#81 million) luxurious Range Rover Sport, (#43million) and Black Mercedes G 500.
Obi Mikel not only makes a lot of cash playing football but also from his endorsements like Pepsi and Samsung.
3. Yaya Toure
Yaya Touré has been regarded as one of the world’s best players in his position and also one of the greatest and richest footballers in Africa.
Yaya Touré was voted African Footballer of the Year for 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 respectively.
Manchester paid him £250,000 per week and he got $21.7 million from his endorsements.
Forbes estimates his personal investment as $46.4 million and in total his net worth is estimated to be $70 million and this has made him be one of the richest footballers in Africa.
Yaya Toure has been a fan of luxurious cars and mansions. Earlier he was having Porsche 911, Mercedes Benz, Bentley Continental GT, Porsche Cayenne.
Recently, this wealthy African footballer has got himself the lavish Rolls Royce Phantom, worth £350,000.
2. Didier Yves Drogba
Drogba is very wealthy and currently number 2 on our list of top 10 richest footballers in Africa with an estimated net worth of $90 million.
Drogba began on his path to football when he was sent by his parents to live with his uncle, professional footballer Michel Goba.
He had skills, trickery, confidence, and technique. He is one of the best in the history of African football.
Drogba has worked with some of the world’s largest brands which include, Samsung, Pepsi, Adidas, Nike, and Konami.
In 2006, Didier Drogba captained the national team of Ivory Coast from 2006 until his retirement from the Ivory Coast national team in 2014.
During his time in the Ivory Coast national team, he was the nation’s all-time top goal scorer. Close to his retirement, he played in Chelsea FC, one of the ten richest soccer clubs in the world.
He is well-known for his remarkable scoring abilities, passion for the game, and love for luxury cars.
1. Samuel Etoo
Top of the list of richest African soccer players is Samuel Etoo.
Samuel Eto’o is one of the most decorated Africa footballers of all the time. He has won numerous individual awards ranging from African footballer of year and helped his national team Cameroon win a couple of trophies.
He played for renowned clubs such as FC Barcelona, Inter Milan, Chelsea and he currently plays for Qatar club Qatar SC. It’s from these European clubs he made a lot of money plus has an endorsement with PUMA worth $7 million each year.
As at 2021, Samuel Etoo has an estimated net worth of $202 million.
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