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Top 10 Highest Paid African Footballers of 2017

Africa is not only a continent blessed with vast mineral resources and beauty, it is also a continent blessed with a numerous amount of talents and skills in every aspect of life including sports and especially in football. Many talented African footballers play for multi-national teams across the globe and are paid huge sums for their multi dollar performances on the field. These are the highest earning African footballers putting the continent’s talent in the spotlight. 

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1. Yaya Toure

Yaya Toure
Yaya Toure – © Shengolpixs/flickr

Yaya is a Cote d’Ivoire midfielder who plays for Manchester United. He makes it to number 1 standing strong on this list earning 230,000 pounds weekly from his 2010 contract with his current team. He is currently one of the richest African footballers and highest paid player in Africa.

2. Odion Ighalo

Odion Ighalo
Odion Ighalo – © Shengolpixs/flickr

Odion Ighalo is a Nigerian striker who previously played for Watford but moved to China. He is playing for Changchun now and earning 200,000 pounds weekly which makes him our number 2 player on our this list. He is one the highest earning African footballers.

3. Samuel Eto’o

Samuel Eto’o
Samuel Eto’o – © myouiment324/flickr

He gets the number 3 spot at 170,000 pounds a week, this Cameroonian born international player, earns a whole lot playing for the Turkish team Anzhi Makhachkala. This makes him one of the most expensive African footballers.

4. John Mikel Obi

John Mikel Obi
John Mikel Obi – © Shengolpixs/flickr

We all love John Mikel Obi the Nigerian superstar who is currently the captain of his team. He makes it to number 4 on our list on a 140,000 pounds a week pay check playing for Tianjini TEDA after his current move from Chelsea. He is undoubtedly one of the highest earning African footballers.

5. Victor Moses

Victor Moses
Victor Moses – © @victormoses/instagram

Victor Moses, a Nigerian great player and a big earner takes home 110,000 pounds each week from his club Chelsea FC due to his contract extension to 2021. Playing for his current team makes him number 5 on this list.

6. Asamoah Gyan

Asamoah Gyan
Asamoah Gyan – © @asamoah_gyan3/instagram

The talented Asamoah Gyan was the highest paid footballer receiving a whopping sum of 227,000 pounds ($350,000 weekly) through his contract with Shangai SIPG in 2015 until July 2017 when he joined Turkish team Kayserispor now earning 100,000 pounds a week. This Ghanaian national was the no 8th highest paid footballers in the world.

7. Obafemi Martins

Obafemi Martins
Obafemi Martins – © @obagoal/instagram

This Nigerian born star former Super Eagles striker earns 100,000 pounds a week making him our number 7 player. He is currently playing for Shanghai Shenhua when he moved from Seattle Shenhua playing great and earning big.

8. Mohamed Salah

Mohamed Salah
Mohamed Salah – © @mosalah/instagram

This Egyptian player is one of highest paid African players earning a total of 90,000 a week since his move from Roma to play for Liverpool in 2017. Signing a 5 year contract with Liverpool, his earning upscaled letting him join the big earners at number 8.

9. Sadio Mane

Sadio Mane
Sadio Mane – © @sadiomaneofficiel/instagram

Just like Salah, Sadio earns 90,000 weekly also playing for Liverpool this Senegalese player joined the big earners team in 2016 being one of the best players in Liverpool deserving his big earnings and joining the list at number 9.

10. Kelechi Iheanacho

Kelechi Iheanacho
Kelechi Iheanacho – © @kelechi72/instagram

This Manchester City player is one of the richest African footballers ranking number 10 on our list earning 70,000 pounds a week as he joined Leister city taking a pay cut to join this team from Manchester City where he earned more. This however doesn’t diminish him as a great player and also as a big earner.

There you have it the top 10 African big earners in football. There are other big earning footballers the likes of Ahmed Musa, Brown Ideye, and so on that although they didn’t make this list they are equally talented and great at what they do but better still they are Africans.


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