Top 10 Richest African Footballers and their Net Worth 2022
It is no longer news that some of the world’s best football players are from Africa and are still making sports history.
African footballers are becoming the highest-paid African footballers in history, thanks to increased earnings from clubs and endorsement deals. And we’ve compiled a list of the Top Ten Richest African Footballers, as well as their current net worth.
Top 10 Richest African Footballers and their Net Worth
1. SAMUEL ETO’O (Cameron)- Net Worth: 95 million dollars
Samuel Eto’o Flis (born 10 March 1981 in Douala, Cameron) is a Cameroonian footballer, former World best striker and current president of the Cameroonian Football Federation, who was elected on 11 December 2021.
As one of the world’s best footballers, he has achieved enormous success while also establishing solid roots in the sports world. After winning the Africa Player of the Year Awards four times in 2003, 2004, 2005, and 2010, he was named the African greatest of all time.
In 1997, he was scouted by Real Madrid talent hunts and moved with them at the age of 16 and played for them. He had played for other clubs like Mallorca in 2000, and Barcelona in 2004- he was one of the key members of Barcelona’s attack alongside Ronaldinho, Messi, and Thierry Henry.
He won the 2006 UEFA Champion league final and 2009 UEFA Champion league final, with him scoring in the finals. He played for Inter Milan in 2009, Anzhi Makhachkala in 2011, which made him the world highest-paid player with a salary of £26 million (after taxes per season), and other clubs like Chelsea, Everton, Sampdoria, Antalyaspor, et cetera.
He won so many Awards like Pichichi Trophy (2006), African Player of the Year (2010, 2006, 2005), CAF Youth Player of the Year (2001), CAF Africa’s finest XI(2009, 2007, 2006), CAF Award for Best Ten players of the last 50 years (2008). He is the first richest African footballer with an estimated net worth of $95million as of 2022.
2.DIDIER DROGBA (Côte D’Ivoire )- Net Worth: $90 million dollars
Didier Yves Drogba Tébily (born March 11, 1978) is a retired Ivory Coast professional striker and Chelsea legend.
He is the Ivory Coast national team’s all-time leading scorer and former captain. Drogba was best known for his time at Chelsea, where he won the Africa Footballer of the Year award twice, in 2006 and 2009.
Didier Drogba made his professional debut for Ligue 2 club Le Mans at the age of 18 and signed his first professional contract at the age of 21.
He finished the 2002-2003 season with 17 goals in 34 matches for Ligue 1 side Guingamp before moving to Olympique de Marseille as the third highest scorer in the same season with 19 goals and appeared in the 2004 UEFA Champion league final. He moved to Chelsea in July 2004 for a club record $ 24 million fees, making him the most expensive Ivorian player in history.
He was earning a whopping $105,000 a week from the club. In his first season at the club, he helped them win their first league title in 50 years, and a year later he won another Premier League title.
Drogba is presently the club’s fourth highest goal scorer of all time, In 2012, he became the first African player to score 100 Premier League goals and helped the club win the 2012 UEFA Champions League Final. He had also played for other clubs like Shanghai Shenhua in 2012- he played for them for 6 months. Turkish club Galatasaray in 2013, Canadian club Montreal impact in 2015, Phoenix Rising in 2017, and retired at the age of 41 from International football.
He is the second richest African footballer with an estimated net worth of $90million as of 2022
3. MOHAMMAD SALAH (Egypt)- Net Worth: 90 million dollars
Mohammad Salah Hamed Mahrous Ghaly (born 15 June 1992 in Egypt) is an Egyptian footballer who currently serves as the captain of his country’s national team.
He was known for his finishing, dribbling, and speed and was named the African greatest of all time. Salah began his senior football career with Al Mokawloon in 2010. He left the club in 2012 to join Basel, where he won two Swiss Super League titles.
He joined Chelsea in 2014 for a reported fee of £11 million but was loaned to Fiorentina and luckily was signed permanently for £15million fees by Roma.
In 2016-2017 season, he became the main figure for the club against Juventus reaching double figures in both goals and assists.
Salah later moved to Liverpool in 2017 for the club record transfer of £36.9 million and earning £400,000 per week. He set his first record for most premier league goals and helped them to reach the 2018 UEFA Champions league Final.
He is still with the club till date and has renewed a long term contract with them as of 2022. Salah has won a lot of accolades and awards like: Two PFA Players’s Player of the Year awards, Three Premier League Golden Boots, the Premier League Playmaker of the season, 2018 FIFA Puskas Award- For his winning strike in the first Merseyside derby in 2018 season.
He ranked third for the Best FIFA Men’s Player in 2018 and 2021. He has also won the Best Man of the Month Match in 2021-2022 season. He is third richest African Footballer with an estimated net worth of £90million as of 2022.
4.YAYA TOURE (Cote D’ivoire)- Net Worth: $80 million dollars
Yaya is widely regarded as one of the greatest African players of all time, having been named African Footballer of the Year in 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014.
Yaya Touré began his football career at ASEC Mimosas in Ivory Coast, where he made his debut at the age of 18. His outstanding performances drew the attention of Europeans. In 2001, he made his debut for Belgian club Beveren, followed by Metalurh Donetsk in 2003 and Olympiacos in 2004.
After representing his country at the 2006 World Cup, he joined the French Ligue 1 Monaco in 2006. He joined Spanish club Barcelona in 2007 for £6.7 million and played over 100 games for them. He was a member of the historic 2009 Barcelona team that won six trophies in a single season.
He left the club in 2010 and joined the premier League Club Manchester City, where he became the key figure by scoring the most notable goals in the 2011 FA Cup semi finals and finals. Yaya helped the club to earned their first League title in 44 years.
Yya Toure left the club in 2018 and returned to Olympiacos but the contract was terminated on December, 2018 by mutual agreement and joined the China Ligue one side Qingdao Huanghai before retiring from professional football.
Yay touré had won the BBC African Footballer of the Year on a public vote for the second time after leading his country to Victory in 2015 African Cup of Nations.
He is the younger brother to the professional footballer Kolo Touré, who was his teammate at Manchester city.
He is the fourth richest African footballer with an estimated net worth of $80million as of 2022.
5.MIKEL OBI (Nigeria)- Net Worth: $60 million dollars
John Michael Nchekwube Obinna (born 22 April 1987 in Jos, Plateau State) is a Nigerian footballer who primarily plays as a defensive midfielder.
Mikel Obi’s football career began at the age of 12 when he joined the Pepsi Football Academy. The team talent hunt chose him as one of over 3000 talented young footballers to play in the match.
At 17, he began his professional footballer with local club Plateau United, before moving to Norwegian club Lyn in 2004. In 2006, he had a controversial transfer from Lyn to Man United and caught in between Chelsea.
It was reported that Man United claimed to have signed him from Lyn but he was been pressured which led him making a headline for being kidnapped.
The issue was later resolved in 2006, after Chelsea had an agreement with Man United and Lyn over his contract with his club, terminating Man United option agreement and was signed permanently with Chelsea club for record fee of £16 million.
He played for the club for 11 years before joining the Chinese club Tianjin TEDA on free transfer in 2017. He also played for Middlesbrough on free transfer in July 2019, Stoke City in 2020 and Kuwait Sc in 2021. He had played for Nigeria for 91 times, scoring six goals.
He is the fifth highest paid African Footballer with an estimated net worth of $60million as of 2022.
6.Pierre Emerick Aubameyang (Gabon)- Net Worth: $50 million dollars
Pierre- Emerick Emiliano François Aubameyang ONM (born 18 June 1989 in Laval, France) is a striker for the Spanish club Barcelona.
The country’s all-time leading goal scorer is a former Gabonese international. He was the first Gabonese and second European-born player to be named African Footballer of the Year.
Aubameyang began his senior career at the Italian club AC Milan, but he never played for the club due to a series of loan spells in France.
He joined the Saint- Etienne in 2011 and won a Coupe de la Ligue title before joining Borussia Dortmund in 2013. He became the club’s seventh all-time goalscorer in 2016-2017 season and won DFB Pokal.
In 2018, he signed a contract deal worth of £56 million with Arsenal club, won the FA cup for them and later terminated his contract by mutual agreement before joining Barcelona as of 2022, He is currently in Chelsea Football Club.
He is the sixth richest African Footballer with an estimated net worth of $50 million as of 2022.
7. EMMANUEL ADEBAYOR (Togo)- Net Worth: $45 million dollars
Sheyi Emmanuel Adebayor (born February 26, 1984 in Lomé, Togo) is a Togolese professional footballer who currently plays as a forward for Togolese Champion Semassi.
With 32 goals, he is Togo’s all-time leading scorer, and he was named African Footballer of the Year in 2008.
Emmanuel began his career with the Sporting Club de Lomé. He was scouted by Metz football scouts and moved to France with them in 1999. He spent six years at the club before joining Arsenal for a club record fee of £3 million on January 13, 2006.
He was nicknamed as Baby Kanu, a former Arsenal player, Kanu Nwankwo who was his role model at his younger age.
He also played for Manchester City in 2009 on a five-year contract for a transfer fee of £25million and was loaned to Real Madrid in 2011.
He returned to Manchester City on July the same year and was later signed by Tottenham Hotspur on August 2011.
Adebayo joined Crystal palace in 2016, İstanbul Başakşehir in 2017, Turkish club Kayserispor in 2019, Olimpia.
In 2020 and currently in Semassi-Togo Championnat National club in 2021.He is the seventh richest African Footballer with an estimated net worth of $45 million
8.KOLO TOURE (Cote D’ Ivoire)- Net Worth: $40 million dollars
Kolo Abib Touré (born March 19, 1981 in Bouake, Ivory Coast) is a talented Ivorian football coach and former defender for international clubs.
He is currently the first team coach at Leicester City as well as the national team coach for Ivory Coast.
Kolo Touré started his career with the ASEC Mimosas before joining Arsenal in 2002. He joined Manchester City in 2009, where he played alongside his younger brother Yaya Touré.
He was later traded to Liverpool in 2013 before joining Celtic in 2016. After a year, he announced his retirement from football and began coaching at Celtic in September 2017, and he is currently the team coach at Leicester City.
He is the seventh richest African Footballer with an estimated net worth of $40 million.
9. MICHAEL ESSIEN (Ghana)- Net Worth: $35 million dollars
Michael Kojo Essien (born 3 December 1982 in Accra, Ghana) is a former Ghanaian professional footballer and current football coach at Danish Superliga Club.
Emmanuel Essien began his career with Liberty Professional in Ghana before moving to Bastia in France in 2000.
Paris Saint-Germain expressed interest in signing him in 2003, but he declined and joined Lyn for a fee of €7.8 million.
He joined Chelsea in 2005 and spent time on loan with Real Madrid.
In 2012, Milan in 2014, Panathinaikos in 2015, Persib Bandung in Indonesia in 2017, and Sabail FK Under-19 team coach in 2019.
With a net worth of $35 million as of 2022, he is the Ninth richest African footballer.
10. SADIO MANÉ (Senegal)- Net Worth: 30 million dollars
Sadio Mané (born 10 April 1992) is a Senegalese footballer who currently plays as a striker for Bayern Munich and the Senegal national team.
Mane began his football career at the age of 19 with Ligue 2 club Metz, but he did not stay long, leaving for Australian club Red Bull Salzburg for a fee of € 4 million in 2012.
He was transferred to Southampton in 2015, joined Liverpool in 2016. He stayed in Liverpool for five year before joining the Bundesliga club Bayern Munich in 2022.He was named African Footballer of the Year in 2020 and ranked fourth for the 2019 Ball d’Or, Fifth in the Best FIFA Men’s Player in 2019. On October 2021, he scored his 100th Premier League goal, becoming the third African to reach the landmark after Didier Drogba and Salah. He is currently playing in Banyan Munich.
He is the Tenth richest African Footballer with an estimated net worth of $30million as of 2022.
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