Top 10 Highest Paid African Footballers 2016/2017

This is the updated list of the 10 highest paid African Footballers 2016/2017 according to the current ranking of the highest paid footballers in the world.

Africa as we all know has produced some outstanding talents in the world of football that continue to make waves in Europe. Most of these players ply their trade in big leagues like the English Premier League, Spanish La Liga, German Bundesliga e.t.c and have dominated continents like Europe, Asia, e.t.c.

Their display and masterclass on the pitch have left them earning huge amounts of money and series of endorsement.

Below are the top 10 highest paid African footballers 2017

10. Seydou Keita Earning $1.4million


Keita is currently the captain of the Malian national team. He played for FC Barcelona as a defender where he earned $4.2m annually.

He signed a two-and-a-half-year deal in 2012 with Chinese side Dalian Aerbin FC in a contract worth €14 million per year. Returning to Spain, he signed with Valencia CF before signing a one-year contract with Italian club A.S. Roma in June 2014 in a deal worth €1 million.

9. Michael Essien Earning $2.9million



He plays currently for AC Milan. Essien spent five years with Lyon in France and was one time the most expensive African player of all time when he signed a contract worth £24.4 million for Chelsea in 2005

According to sources, his contract with Milan ended in 2015 and he would have his salary cut in half. This will see Essien earning €2.5 million per season.

8. Steven Pienaar Earning $4.8million


The South Africa born winger played for Everton and was the former captain of South Africa.

In July 2012, Everton paid Tottenham a fee of £4.5 million for Pienaar services.

7. Kolo Toure Earning $6 million


Liverpool defender and brother of Man City’s star midfielder, Yaya Toure, earns about £3.9 million annually. He had to leave Manchester City for Liverpool where he signed a two year deal with a pay cut. He now earns £90,000 every week

6. John Mikel Obi Earning $6.5million

Nigerian midfielder, John Obi Mikel who currently plies his trade with Tiajin Teda, a chinese football club where he signed a five year deal in December 2016 that saw an improvement in his weekly salary.

He collected £80,000 per week before in Chelsea, now the signing saw him collect £140,000 per week.

Update: The highest paid Nigerian footballer in the Premier League currently is John Mikel Obi.

5. Christopher Samba Earning $7.5million

Christopher-Samba-nigerian-infopediaCongolese captain and defender, Samba made headlines when he moved to Anzhi where he earned $160,000 a week. He played 5 years for Blackburn before he signed for Dynamo Moscow in August 2013.

4. Emmanuel Adebayor Earning $16.7 million

Emmanuel Adebayor of Tottenham Hotspur looks happy

Togolese striker and one time African player of the year left Man City to Tottenham in August 2012. When he was deemed fit to requirement by Spurs, his weekly wages dropped from $270,000 to $159,000, but still earns big through endorsement deals.

3. Samuel Eto’o Earning $16.4 million


Eto’o is seen in Africa as the most decorated player in terms of trophy overhaul. He played for top clubs like Barcelona, Intermilan, Chelsea, Everton, e.t.c. He is also rich as he earns $13.4million yearly playing for current club, Sampdoria in itally and $3 million from endorsements.

2. Didier Drogba Earning $17.8 million


The Ivorian born scorer spent eight years with Chelsea scoring 157 goals in 341 appearances and won 10 major trophies. He signed a $300,000 a week deal with Shanghai Shenhua in June 2012 for two-and-a-half-years. He later joined Galatasaray on a three year deal that saw him earn €10.9 million per season.

1. Yaya Toure Earning $21.7 million


Yaya Toure is currently the highest paid African footballer of the year and currently plays for Manchester City. He earns a weekly wage of £334,000. He makes money from endorsements and is an ambassador for Airtel. He lost his place to Aubumeyang of Borussia Dortmund as Africa’s Best Player of the Year 2015.


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