Africa’s Richest Footballers

Samuel Eto'o, Yaya Toure, Emmanuel Adebayor and Didier Drogba
Samuel Eto'o, Yaya Toure, Emmanuel Adebayor and Didier Drogba

Undeniably, the true definition of the soil with myriad talents is Africa. The continent is endowed with what the global market needs to showcase the in-built mechanisms of blacks with pitch talents.

Ranking from striking, dribbling, speed, energy, finishing, among other elements that defines the authenticity of football.

Quite interestingly, some professional football giants of the Africa continent have been listed by Celebrity worth as the Richest among their peers with the worth

Read their profile

1. Samuel Eto’o

Samuel Eto’o ($95 million)

Samuel Eto'o
Samuel Eto’o

The former footballer born on 10th March 1981, Samuel Eto’o Fils is the current President of the Cameronian Football Federation.

Samuel Eto’o won many accolades to his credit including the African Player of the Year, CAF Award for Best Ten players of the last 50 years, among other prominent awards.

He joined the following Football Clubs before retiring: FC Barcelona in 2004, Inter Milan in 2009, Qatar SC in August 2018, Kanyaspor in January 2018, U.C Sampdoria, Antalyspor in 2015, Everton F.C in 2014, Chelsea FC in August 2013, FC Anzhi Makhachkaala  in 2011, & Real Madrid Castilla in 1996.

2. Mohammed Salah

Mohammed Salah ($94 million)

Mohammed Salah
Mohammed Salah

Africa’s own ‘Mo Salah’. He is an Egyptian professional footballer legally known as Mohammad Salah Hamed Mahrous Ghaly. ‘Mo Salah’ was born on 15th June 1992 in Egypt. He holds the captainship with #10 for the Egypt national team.

Currently, he is playing forward #11 for Liverpool in the Premier League Club. His name is known widely for ability to finish, dribble & working with speed on the pitch.

Even though he is young in the ‘pitch works’, he won Premier League Golden Boot, Premier League Player of the Month, among other top recognized awards so far.

3. Didier Drogba

Didier Drogba ($90 million)

Didier Drogba
Didier Drogba

The retired Ivorian Football Legend, Didier Yves Drogba Tébily was born on 11 March, 1978 in Abidjan, Cote d’ivoire. In history, the striker is rated as the all-time top scorer. Way back in the national team, he held the captainship batch with #11

Didier Drogba won awards like African Player of the Year, CAF Award for Best Ten players of the last 50 years, including other classic accolades.

He played #11 for all his Clubs like: Chelsea F.C/ Forward , Galatasaray S.K / Forward, Olympique De Marseille/Forward, Phoenix Rising FC /Forward, CF Montréal /Forward, En Avant Guingamp /Forward & Shanghai Shenhua F.C /Forward.

4. Yaya Toure

Yaya Toure ($70 million)

Yaya Toure
Yaya Toure

Gnégnéri Yaya Toure, born 13th March, 1983 in Bouake, Cote d’ivoire is a former midfielder for the Ivorian national team and the clubs he played for.

Recently, he is a professional football Coach. In his youthful age, he strived to be a stricker and played centre back for Barcelona in the 2009 UEFA Championships League Final.

Back in Yaya Touré’s Club days, he played for midfield for all the clubs he joined:  Manchester City FC #42,  FC Barcelona #24, Olympiacos F.C #42,  AS Monaco #15, Qingdao Huanghai, Beveren and Metalurh Donetsk.

The African football giant, Yaya Touré won the African Player of the Year (2012 , 2014 , 2015..) also, he won CAF Africa’s Finest XI (2014, 2015 , 2016 )

5. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang ($58.8 million)

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

In full, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s name is Pierre-Emerick Emiliano Francois Aubameyang ONM, born in Laval, France.

He is a Gabonese professional footballer born on 18th June, 1989. Currently, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is playing for the Gabon national football team #9/ Forward as their captain & F.C Barcelona #25 /Forward.

His name is echoed due to his off-ball movement, pace and finishing in football.

Awards Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang won are: Premier League Golden Boot, Premier League Player of the Month, and many more.

6. Mikel John Obi

Mikel John Obi ($45 million)

Mikel John Obi
Mikel John Obi

Mikel John Obi, born on 22nd April, 1987 in Jos is a Nigerian professional footballer who began his career with local club Plateau United when he was 17 years-old. Also, Mikel Obi once played for Norwegian Club Lyn. He played for Nigeria national team as a renowned midfielder and a captain.

Mikel John Obi is a midfielder at Kuwait SC. He joined Middlesbrough F.C in January 2019 and Trabzonspor in 2019, Tianjin Jinmen Tiger F.C in 2006, Chelsea F.C, Nigeria national football team in 2005, Nigeria national under-20 football team in 2005 and Lyn football in 2004.

He won CAF African’s finest XI in 2006 & 2014 and CAF Youth Player of the Year in 2006.

7. Emmanuel Adebayor

Emmanuel Adebayor ($45 million)

Emmanuel Adebayor
Emmanuel Adebayor

Sheyi Emmanuel Adebayor, born on 26th February 1984, in Lomé, the capital of Togo is a professional footballer who started his young football career from 1998-1999 at OC Agaza and 1999-2001 at Metz.

Adebayor plays forward for the Togo national football team. On the club level, he played for Metz, Monaco, Arsenal, Machester City, Real Madrid (loan), Tottenham Hotspur (loan), Tottenham Hotspur, Crystal Palace, Instabul Basaksehir, Kayserispor & Olimpia.

He won a lot of awards right from Monaco to all the clubs he once played for, in the Togo national football team. Individually, Adebayor won African Footballer of the Year in 2007 ,  African Player of the Year in 2008 ,  BBC Goal of the Season between 2007 & 2008 ,  Premier League PFA team of the Year  between 2007 & 2008

8. Michael Essien

Michael Essien ($35 million)


The Chelsea Legend Michael Kojo Essien born on as a Ghanaian is a former professional footballer. He played as a midfielder for the Ghana national team, Black star. Recently, he is a member of the Coaching Staff for Danish Superliga Club FC Nordsjælland.

Michael Essien was born on 3rd December, 1982 in Accra, Ghana.

Clubs/or team he played and their joining corresponding dates: Sabali FK in 2019,  Persib Bandung in 2017, Panathinaikos F.C on 2nd June 2015, A.C Milan on 24th January 2014, Real Madrid CF on 31st August 2012, Chelsea F.C on 16th August 2015, Olympique Lyonnais on 2nd July 2003, Ghana national football team in 2002 & SC Bastia in July 2000

Essien won CAF Africa’s finest XI

During his Chelsea F.C days, he won Premier League in 2006 & 2010. He holds the title for 3 FA Cups and 1 League Cup including the UEFA, among others.



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