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Top 20 Richest African Footballers And Their Net Worth – 2016. Samuel Eto’O Overtakes Yaya Toure In New List!!

A good number of talented African players are spread all over the Europe, the United States of America and the far east in Asia, playing football and making money and names for themselves. Some have been able to acquire so much wealth for themselves to become very rich with net worth running into millions of dollars.

Here we present to you the list of the first top 20 richest African  footballers in Africa and from Africa. This list is the original list as investigated by and is the most accurate and most complete you can find.

20. Salomon Kalou – Net Worth: $12 Million

Salomon Kalou has been playing for Côte d’Ivoire since 2007 and has appeared in two world cups, four Africa Cup of Nations tournaments and 2008 Olympics.

Ivorian born player Kalou has played for Chelsea, Lille, Hertha BSC football club. Before moving away from Chelsea, Kalou was the nucleolus part of the Chelsea team that won 3 Premiere league titles with different coaches which started from Jose Morinho. He made so much money during his days in Chelsea to become 0ne of the richest African footballers. His net worth is $12 million

19. Fredric Kanoute – Net Worth: $13 Million

Fredric Kanote is no doubt one of the richest African footballers. He was born on 2 September 1977 to a French mother and a Malian father. He played for France U21 from 1998 to 2001 before joining Malian national team 2004 and helped his team reached the semi-finals of the 2004 African Cup of Nations.

In 2007 he was named African Footballer of the Year and retired from Malian team in 2010. Fredric made lot of money from playing for France U21, Malian national squad and all the football clubs he played for in Europe, making his total net worth to be $13 Million.

18. Yakubu Aiyegbeni – Net Worth: $14.5million

Yakubu started his football career in Nigeria with Julius Berger FC in Lagos after which he joined Maccabi Haifa of Israel. After a brief stint with the Israeli club Yak as he’s popularly called in the English league played for Portsmouth, Middlesbrough, Everton and Blackburn Rovers before he moved to a Chinese club where he earned £5,040,000 yearly,  Guangzhou R&F on a free transfer where he pocketed $100,000 a week. These put together made him one of the richest African footballers.

Yakubu Aiyegbeni is now playing for a football club in Turkey where he is still earning big, he has acquired properties, cars and investments worth millions of naira over the years that his total net worth is estimated to be $12 million

17. Benni McCarthy – Net Worth: $16 Million

South African all-time top-scorer Benni McCarthy started his career with a local club in Cape Town, South Africa played for Celta Vigo in Spain before he moved to Porto FC in Portugal where he famously helped the club to their second UEFA Champions League Cup in history.

In 2006 Benni McCarthy moved to Blackburn Rovers for a £2.5m fee scoring 52 times for the club and later moved to West Ham where he had an unsuccessful spell at the hammers left West Ham in 2011 by mutual agreement, with a £1.5million pay-off and was also offered a £1 million pay-off in return for tearing up his contract. Benni McCarthy returned to Orlando Pirates in South Africa and is total net worth is estimated to be $16 Million. However, TheSun of UK claims he is worth more that 30 million pounds.

16. Kevin Prince Boateng – Net Worth: $20 Million

Kelvin Prince Boateng is German Born player but a descent of Ghana and he is known for his intense dynamism and physical strength. He started playing at the age of 6 for Reinickendorfer Füchse club.

Boateng has played for Ghana and different clubs across Europe; Tottenham Hotspur and Borussia Dortmund, Portsmouth, Genoa and Milan, Ac Milan and he is currently at Schalke 04 in Germany and he earns $4 Million Dollars per annum. His total net worth is $20 million

15. Andre Ayew – Net Worth: $28 Million

Born to a Ghanaian football legend Abedi Pele, Andre Ayew played most of his football with Olympique de Marseille of France before joining EPL side Swansea On 10 June 2015 on a free transfer.

Andre Ayew won the BBC African Footballer of the Year in 2011 and has represented Ghana at both youth and senior national team he collects 3.72 per annum and other match bonuses making his total net worth to be $28 Million

14. Asamoah Gyan – Net Worth: $28.5 Million

Asamoah Gyan is remembered all over the world for his last minute penalty miss in 2010 world cup quarter final against Uruguay, and another crucial penalty miss in the nations cup final. But beyond those misses. Asamoah Gyan is no doubt one of the deadliest and most lethal striker Ghana has ever produced.

Asamoah Gyan is one of the most important player for the Ghanaian national team and his current net worth is estimated to be $28.5 million dollars. He is one of the most important Africa player in Europe and has made much money for himself.

13. Papa Diop – Net Worth: $30 Million

Papa Bouba Diop started his football career in ASC Diaraf  a local club in Senegal in the year 1996 later joined Senegal national team in 1999, appeared for 63 times and scored 11 goals.

Diop has played for different Europeans clubs like West Ham United, Portsmouth, Fulham and Birmingham City. Papa Bouba Diop has earned so much money from his clubs and his country that his total net worth is $30 million

12. Obafemi Martins – Net Worth: $35 Million

Obafemi Martins is a Nigerian born player that played for Nigeria national team from 2004 t0 2013. He has played for many football clubs in Europe before joining United States major league soccer, Seattle Sounders in 2013

Obafemi Martins is one of the highest paid player in United States Major League Soccer, with an annual salary of $2,400,000.00.  Obafemi has acquired lot of properties, investments and luxurious cars worth millions of dollars over the years, his total net worth is $35 million

11. Samuel Osei Kufour – Net Worth: $37 Million

Samuel Ossei Kufour played for Ghana team for 13 years, hanged his boots in 2009 but before then he was voted by CAF in 2007 as member of ‘Top 30 Best African Players of All-Time.’

In his club career Kuffour played for Bayern Munich for 11 seasons, FC Nuremberg for 1 season, AS Roma for 3 season, Livorno for 2 season, Ajax 1 season and Asante Kotoko for 1 season. He is one of the richest people in Ghana and has various businesses, properties in Ghana that made his total net worth to be $37 million.

This list is made up of the best of footballers Africa has ever produced. It is not uprising that these are the top 10 richest footballers of all time in Africa. This list contains players and former players like Austin Jay Jay Okocha who has since retired from active football is currently a business mogul in Nigeria. Samuel Eto’O who is arguably the best goal scorer Africa has ever seen. Didier Drogba who is considered the most respected African player of all time in the world, the biggest Chelsea legend.


The net worth for these players on this list runs in hundreds of millions of dollars. Find out if your favorite players are on the list. This is the continuation from the Top 20 Richest Footballers in Africa And Their Net Worth.

10. Sulley Muntari – Net Worth: $40 Million

Sulley Muntari journey into being a Ghanaian professional footballer started when he appeared in a youth tournaments from there to Ghana U20 to their senior team.

Muntari has played for different European football clubs before joining Saudi league team Ittihad FC in 2015 for a two year deal contract worth €6m. He has been successful in his football career that is total net worth is $40 million

09. Kolo Toure – Net Worth: $43 Million

Kolo Toure is an Ivorian footballer who has a net worth of $10.5 million dollars began his with ASEC Mimosas in Ivory Coast before joining Arsenal FC in 2002 after a short trial with the club and he was a member of the famous ‘invincible s’ side of the 2003–04 season.

After seven seasons with Gunners he signed for Man City where he pocketed $190,000 a week and currently plays for Liverpool, Kolo Toure also have a boot deal Adidas.

08. John Obi Mikel – Net Worth: $50 Million

Born John Michael Nchekwube Obinna but, in 2003 the Nigerian Football Association mistakenly submitted “Mikel” as “Michael” for the tournament in Finland and has since then stuck to his new name. In 2005 Mikel was involved in a contract saga but eventually ended up in Chelsea.

John Obi Mikel collects $120,000,(N20m), per week excluding bonuses, and income from participating in the UEFA Champions League. Mikel Endorsement deals includes Pepsi, Samsung and Amstel Malta and has a total net worth of $50 million

07. Emmanuel Adebyor – Net Worth: $57 Million

Nicknamed Baby Kanu at his time in Arsenal Emmanuel Adebayor played for Metz, Monaco, Real Madrid, Manchester City and he currently plays for Tottenham Hotspur in England. At Man city the striker earned a whooping weekly salary of $274,000.

Togolese captain won the won the BBC African Footballer of the Year in 2007 and Africa footballer of the year award in 2008 making him the first Togolese player to have won the award, Adebayor current net worth stands at $57 Million.

06. Michael Essien – Net Worth: $70 Million

Michael Essien is a box-to-box midfielder for his ability to exert energy in supporting offensive and defensive play and for his tough tackling style in 2005 Chelsea signed Essien from Lyon for $38 million.

The Ghanaian midfielder earned $110,000 a week at Chelsea, Essien has endorsement deals with African telecom group MTN, Samsung and Pepsi  he also have investments across Ghana and other Africa countries.

05. Kanu Nwankwo – Net Worth: $100 Million

Kanu Nwankwo career as a successful football player span for 20 years across European top clubs like Ajax FC, Inter Milan, Arsenal, West Brom, and Portsmouth, he retired from both international football and at club level in 2011 and 2012 respectively.

Apart from football the lanky striker make his money from wise investments in Real Estate, Hospitality, Oil and Gas, etc. His other investments includes an hotel in Victoria Island called Hardley Apartments which cost about $5million to establish he also own a multi million dollars photo-shop in Allen Avenue in Lagos and three other mansions in Park View, Ikoyi and the Kanu Heart Foundation as well as business interests in shipping in Europe. Last year, Kanu was dupe $104 million by his manager, meaning he actually worth more

04. Austin Jay Jay Okocha – Net Worth: $150 Million

Jay Jay Okocha is one of Africa finest player to have ever graced the world of Football mesmerize players with his step overs, skill and technique. Okocha has a football career of over 20 years in top teams in Germany, Turkey, England and oil rich Qatar.

He retired in 2006 after failing to help Nigeria qualify for the world cup, Okocha is a businessman in Nigeria, in fact, he is one of the biggest business mogul in Nigeria with a relaxation spot called ‘CLUB 10′ and he also owns merchandise named ‘Jay Jay Okocha Group West Africa Limited’ that is into property development, road construction, sales and distribution of electronics, and soccer players’ management. His total net worth is set at $150 Million.

03. Didier Drogba – Net Worth: $155 Million

Chelsea’s 4th highest goal scorer of all time Didier Drogba signed for the club on July 2004 for £24 million from Marseille and was voted Chelsea greatest player ever in 2012. Didier Drogba first cap for the Ivory Coast national team in 2002 against South Africa and in 2006 captained his side to World Cup.

Didier Drogba is certainly one of the richest footballers in Africa. He left Chelsea to joined Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua where he earned a whooping £200,000 a week, in 2013 Drogba singed for Galatasaray and he also earn a sign-on fee of €4 million plus basic wage and €15,000 per match. The 37-year-old has endorsement deals with Nike, Pepsi, Samsung and Orange France making his total net worth to be $155 Million

02. Yaya Toure – Net Worth: $170 Million

Ivory Coast captain and Man City player Yaya Toure began his playing career at Ivorian club ASEC Mimosas he also played for Beveren in Belgium, Metalurh Donetsk in Ukraine, Olympiacos in Greece, and AS Monaco in France before he joined Barcelona in 2007 and he was part of the historic 2009 Barcelona team which won six trophies in one calendar year.

In 2010 Man city signed Yaya Toure for £24 million Toure currently earns $320,000 a week. Other compensation includes an image rights payment of $2.5 million a year and an additional $1.3 million bonus every time Manchester City qualifies for the Champions League and his current net worth is $170 Million to make him one of the richest footballers in Africa

01. Samuel Eto’O – Net Worth: $202 Million

Samuel Eto’O Fils is Africa most decorated player with four African Player of the Year and he became the first player to win two European continental trebles following his back-to-back achievements with Barcelona and Inter Milan.

The Cameroonian captain played for Real Madrid, Barcelona, Inter Milan, Chelsea FC, Anzhi Makhachkala and Everton. Samuel Eto’O became the highest paid player in the world with a salary of €20 million (after taxes) per season with Anzhi Makhachkala and he has  Endorsements deals that worth $3M, Samuel Eto’o total net worth is $202 Million to put him on top of the richest footballers in Africa.


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