Top 10 Richest Footballers In Africa [Updated]

Who are the richest footballers in Africa? if you have been looking for an authentic answer to this here are the top 10 richest football players in Africa.

Africa is filled with talented and strong football players, African athletes have been doing well in various competitions across the world and for one who worked diligently, there should always be a reward.

Ranging from competitions in their respective countries, continents, and in the world at large African footballers are always one of the best in their teams, managers from all over the world usually pay attention to AFCON which is an African competition in scouting their preferred players.

We have many leagues in Africa from which most of the African layers are picked to represent their country in global tournaments just like the World Cup and the Olympics.

As football is the most respected, popular, and the most respected around the globe, it is necessary to list out those that make it interesting and see how they are fairing.

When it comes to raw talents, you have to give it to most of the African footballers as their performance on the pitch is top-notch, this has earned them quality contracts and brand endorsements worth millions.

In today’s post, 9jatoday has taken the time to list out the updated list of the top ten richest footballers in Africa. These players do earn a huge salary and their salaries are mainly weekly and on a monthly basis based on agreement.

Summing up their salaries with their various endorsements and investments these players have gathered a lot for themselves, though the tax is always high regardless they are making huge money from football.

10 Richest Football Players In Africa

Here is the comprehensive list of Africa wealthiest footballers;

1. John Mikel Obi

Mikel Obi - The richest footballer in Africa

John Michael Nchekwube Obinna was born on April 22, 1987, he is a professional footballer and a Nigerian football player who became very famous by playing for Chelsea FC and currently he plays for the Trabzonspor football club, a Turkish league football club.

Mikel is stinkingly rich and he is currently topping the list of richest footballers in Africa, he was born in Jos the capital of Plateau State located in the northern region of Nigeria and is known to be a fine attacking midfielder with his club Plateau United before progressing.

He started playing for Chelsea FC in 2004, the same set with Messi of Argentina, and has participated in world cup tournaments, he left Chelsea after years of playing for the club to the Chinese side Tianjin TEDA in 2017.

Being a common thing among China’s setting, players that move to china are always well paid and there Mikel Obi became the richest paid Nigerian footballer of all time estimating his earnings at 3.4 billion Naira annually.

2. Emmanuel Adebayor

Emmanuel Adebayor - One of the richest African footballer

Sheyi Emmanuel Adebayor, born on February 26, 1984, is a professional Togolese football player who currently plays for the national Togolese football team and the Kayserispor football club.

He is one of the most talented African players who has played in such prominent clubs as Arsenal Football Club, Manchester City, Tottenham Hotspur, Crystal Palace, and Real Madrid, in addition to the French team of Metz, the Monegasque team. of Monaco, and the Turkish Istanbul club Başakşehir.

Adebayor played well for Tottenham Hotspurs and made a fortune for himself as his total earnings were estimated to be around $16.7 million and he occupied the twelfth spot on the Forbes list of The World’s Best-Paid Soccer Players.

3. Mohammed Salah

Salah - One of the richest footballers in Africa

Mohammed Salah Hamed is a professional Egyptian football player who currently plays in the Premier League – Liverpool Football Club and the Egyptian National Football, Team. He is considered one of the best players in the world because he is known for his skill and dribbling speed.

Popularly known as the Egyptian King, Salah is one of the highest-paid African footballers in England and is also the highest-paid player in the Liverpool football club.

He played for various top clubs before settling for Liverpool, he has played for AS Roma, Chelsea, Fiorentina, and Liverpool FC. His talent has earned him a huge salary and many endorsements.

Mohammed Salah’s net worth is estimated to be around $25.1 Million with many assets and various endorsements.

4. Asamoah Gyan

Asamoah Gyan - Richest footballers in Africa

Fourth on the list of richest footballers in Africa is Asamoah Gyan. Gyan is a Ghanaian professional football player born on November 22, 1985. He plays for the Black Stars National team being the captain of the team and currently serves as a striker for the NorthEast United Football Club (an Indian Super League club), he is also the richest footballer in Ghana.

Asamoah Gyan started his career in 2003 with the Ghanaian Premier League club – Liberty Professional and not so long he started his professional footballing career with Serie A club – Udinese. He came into the limelight when he played for the Ghana national team at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa and has an exceptional performance that drew much attention to him.

It was made known to the public that Asamoah Gyan has a lot of local investments in Ghana and also with his accumulated income from all the clubs he has played for, Gyamn has done well for himself.

Gyan made it on the list of richest African footballers with a net worth of $23 Million including various endorsements.

5. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang


Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was born on 18th June 1989, he is a professional footballer from Gabon. Aubameyang currently strikes for top Premier League side Arsenal F.C. and he is a Gabonese Football Team player.

He is rated as one of the best forwards in the world and also one of Africa’s richest football players with an estimated net worth of $15 million coupled with various sources of income.

He currently earns £180,000 with Arsenal and has been having a wonderful performance so far.

Aubameyang has fleets of cars and earned a lot of sponsorship deals from brands like Nike and many others brands, checking his boots you will realize he usually wears a Nike Hypervenm Phantom III DF boot which many believe that he was paid to wear.

6. Seydou Keita


Seydou Keita is a Malian professional footballer who was born on the 16th of January 1980. He is known to be a versatile midfielder and also very good at playing both the central and defensive midfield.

His talent and hard work have made him win 14 titles with Lens F.C. where he spent 5 seasons and later he moved to Barcelona where he spent 4 seasons.

In 2012 Seydou Keita left Barcelona to play for other top clubs like Dalian Aerbin, Sevilla, AS Roma, and also El Jaish FC, with all his achievements and the top teams he played for, Keita is one of the richest footballers in Africa. Seydou Keita Net Worth is estimated to be around $10 Million.

7. Kalidou Koulibaly

Kalidou Koulibaly

Kalidou Koulibaly is a Senegalese professional footballer and an International soccer star known for having played in the center-back position for both the Serie A club Napoli and the Senegal national team. As of the end of 2019, he made a total of 35 appearances for the Senegal national team.

Before fame, he began his football career as a member of the SR Saint-Dié youth team. Due to his style of play, he was given the nicknames K2 and The Wall.

Kalidou Koulibaly was born on the 20th of June 1991, in 2010 he began his professional footballing career with the French team, Metz, before moving to Belgian club Genk in 2012 where he won the Belgian Cup in his first season.

This defender is currently one of the richest soccer players in Africa with a net worth estimated at $10 million, mind you, he is also the highest-paid defender in the Italian league with various sponsorship from top brands.

8. Sadio Mané

Sadio Mané

Sadio Mané a Senegalese player and 2019 African Player of the Year was born on the 10th of April 1992 in Senegal. Mané is also a professional player that has played in various English Premiership Clubs and played for EPL giant Liverpool F.C. at the club level and rated as one of the best premier league players and also one of the best players in the world.

His career started with Ligue 1 Club – Metz then after playing for some seasons in 2012 he moved to Red Bull Salzburg, an Australian club, from Red Bull he moved to Southampton where he recorded the fastest hattrick in EPL.

In 2016, Sadio Mané moved to Liverpool where the best of him was revealed, till the time of writing this post he is still balling hard and is one of the best players ever to grace the EPL.

Sadio Mané is also one of the richest African footballers and also the second-highest-paid footballer in Liverpool. Sadio Mané’s net worth is estimated to be over $8 million.

Mané is a very influential person, with a good heart, is humble, and is a philanthropist, he has a charity organization executing various charity projects in his country Senegal.

9. Riyad Mahrez

Riyad Mahrez

Riyad Karim Mahrez was born on the 21st of February 1991, he is from Algeria and is a professional footballer who captains the Algerian national team. He plays for the English Premier League Club Manchester City as a winger and has recorded a lot of success in his career.

He started his football career playing for the French youth club AAS Sarcelles then he had his professional appearance with Le Havre. In 2014 he joined Leicester City football club where he won the Championship and was promoted to the premier league.

In 2018 Mahrez joined Manchester City where he won the Premier League with them and also the FA cup and EFL in his first season at Manchester City, it was a massive boost. Riyad Mahrez is one of the best African players and also one of the most-paid players in EPL.

Riyad Karim Mahrez’s net worth is estimated at around $8 million and he has many awards to his name.

10. Wilfried Zaha

Wilfried Zaha

Dazet Wilfried Armel Zaha was born on the 10th of November 1992, he plays forward for the Ivory Coast national team and also for the EPL club side Crystal Palace.

His first professional career appearance started in 2010 after he was selected from the Crystal Palace football academy.

In 2013 Zaha moved to Manchester United during the reign of Sir Alex Ferguson as the manager of Machester United, though his performance wasn’t good enough for the EPL giant then in 2014 he returned to Crystal Palace on loan.

Wilfried Zaha is known to be one of the richest footballers in Africa as his net worth is estimated to be $4 million presently.

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