Footballers are generally well placed financially. They are leading celebrities with regard to their luxurious and lavish lifestyle. These legends of football make envy all the youth of the continent
Here are the richest African soccer players in 2017:
1. Samuel Eto’o
The Cameroonian striker plays for the Turkish club of Antalyaspor. Aged 35, he is the richest and most decorated African player of all time.
Samuel has scored over 100 goals in five seasons with FC Barcelona, and is also the record holder in the number of appearances of an African player in the La Liga.
The former Indomitable Lions captain was the highest-paid player in the world when he moved to Anzhi Makhachkala, where he earned 20 million euros ($ 25 million) a year after taxes.
Eto’o is now one of the richest footballers in the world. He is the richest footballer in Africa with a net worth of $ 95 million.
2- Didier Drogba
He is the top scorer, and former captain of the national football team of Côte d’Ivoire.
Drogba is best known for his career in Chelsea, during which he scored more goals than any other foreign player. He is currently the fourth top scorer of the club of all time. “The Drug” was also named African footballer of the year twice. He won the award in 2006 and 2009. Didier’s enormous fortune is impressive, considering that he did not win a jackpot before his transfer to chelsea, but after having had various lucrative contracts.
The striker now plays for a D2 club in the US and his fortune has a net worth of $ 90 million.
3- Yaya Touré
Touré is a professional Ivorian footballer who plays as a midfielder for the Premier League club Manchester City. He is the former captain of the Ivory Coast national team. Its net worth is close to $ 70 million.
The 34-year-old is one of the best players in the world. He has also been elected African Footballer of the Year 4 consecutive times. The experienced midfielder helped Côte d’Ivoire qualify them for victory in 2015; And he also helped City win his first league title after 44 years.
4 Emmanuel Adébayor
Togo’s top scorer had well-paid contracts in various clubs where he played in the English Premier League. While in the city of Manchester, the striker earned $ 268,000.
Adebayor helped Togo qualify for the 2006 African Cup of Nations, scoring 11 goals in the playoffs, more than any other player in the African qualifiers. The Togolese who is an attacker for the Turkish club of Istanbul Büyükşehir, has set up projects in Togo and across the continent.
Its net worth is $ 35 million.
5- Michael Essien
The Ghana midfielder was the most expensive African footballer in history when he was transferred to Chelsea in 2005.
The Ghanaian was a great success in Chelsea by winning the Premier League and the Champions League among others, and would have earned $ 5 million a year. The 34-year-old now plays for the Indonesian club of Persib Bandung, and has a net worth of $ 25 million.