Soccer is one of the sports that can make a player a millionaire in the blink of an eye. Professional soccer players from the start of their youth earn staggering wages. An average professional African soccer player makes more money than a top earner in some sectors. Some African soccer players earn huge wages that will make you gape in awe. The list is of players with fat wages is a long one. However, in this article, we’ll be taking a look at the top 10 wealthiest African soccer players that are currently playing football.
1. Mohammed Salah (Egypt)
Salah is one of the most respected players in the present era of soccer. He is often tag ‘Pharaoh’ meaning Egyptian king. The Egyptian has won many individual and collective awards such as UEFA champions league, super cup, premier league player of the month, PFA player of the year, and two times EPL golden boot. His style of play is phenomenal, involving pace, finishing, and off-ball movements abilities. Salah is just 28 years and receives $16.1m per annum in Liverpool. Also, he has endorsements from popular brands like Vodafone, Pepsi, etc. Salah’s estimated worth in the year 2020 according to Forbes is $70m making him the richest African player still playing soccer.
2. Sadio Mane (Senegal)
Senegalese star, 2019 CAF player award winner, and Liverpool superstar Sadio Mane is a very versatile soccer player. His dribbling skills, agility, and pace is second to none. Sadio Mane ranked the 4th best player in the world in 2019 after winning the Champions League that same year. The 28 years old Liverpool star earns a staggering $14.4 million per annum. Mane is worth $20 million making him the third richest African soccer player.
3. Pierre-Emerick Aubamenyang (Gabon)
The 2019 EPL golden boot winner Aubameyang is Arsenal’s top earner as well as top-scorer since he joined in 2017. Aubamenyang is one of the deadliest strikers in the present world of football for pace, finishing, and off-ball movements. Also, he has won numerous awards such as premier league golden boot, premier league player of the month, and African player of the year. The Gabonese superstar earns £200,000 weekly. Aubameyang ranks among the African top ten richest players for his staggering $20 million estimated worth.
4. Odion Ighalo (Nigeria)
The fourth on our list of top 10 African richest soccer players is Nigeria’s Odion Ighalo. He is famous for his agility, strength, and poaching. The 31 years forward won the golden boot in the 2019 CAF African cup with four goals. Odion Ighalo has played for clubs such as Udinese, Granada, Watford, Changchun Yatai, Shanghai Shenhua, and he is currently on loan to Manchester United. However, of all the clubs he had played for, he was most phenomenal at Watford in the premier league, scoring 39 goals in 99 appearances. Ighalo Odion estimated net worth is $20 million.
5. Andre Dede Ayew (Ghana)
Ghanaian living football legend, Andre Dede Ayew, was born in 1989 in Seclin, France. He began his football career at age 14 in a Ghana League club Nania. Football runs in the blood of the Ayews as his father was a three times African footballer of the year, and his two brothers are also professional footballers. Andre has won numerous individual and collective trophies. In 2001, he was named the BBC African Footballer of the year and Ghanaian Footballer of the Year. He won Trophee des Champions and Coupe de la Ligues with Marseille. Ayew currently plays for Swansea City for $4.23m per annum. His worth is estimated to be $15m making him rank the fifth on the list of the top 10 richest current African soccer players.
6. Riyad Mahrez (Algeria)
Manchester City winger Riyad Mahrez is one of the finest players in the present world of football. He’s one of the Africans with a long list of both individual and joint honor such as PFA player of the year, premier league player of the month, CAF African player of the year, Premier League, Confederations cup, FA cup, Community shield, and lots more. Mahrez is famous for his dribbling ability, pace, and free-kick skill. The 29 years old Algerian earns $7.77m per annum at Manchester City. Riyad Mahrez, according to Forbes, has an estimated worth of $8 million, making him rank sixth on our list.
7. Naby Keita (Guinea)
The seventh richest current African soccer player is Liverpool’s UEFA champion league winner Naby Keita. The 25 years old Guinean footballer is earning $7.77m in Liverpool. Although Naby is not one of Liverpool’s starting IX, he is still a gem that Liverpool can not afford to lose. According to Forbes, Nabi Keita has an estimated worth of $7 million.
8. Hakim Ziyech (Morocco)
One of the sensational young lads that saw Ajax to the semi-final in the 2019 UEFA champion league is Hakim Ziyech. Hakim is a fine player respected for his dribbling skills, pace, finishing, shots, and off-ball movements. Hakim Ziyech, a Moroccan superstar is just 27 years and earns $5.14m per annum at his current club Chelsea FC. However, the Moroccan has an estimated worth of $7 million.
9. Kalidou Koulibaly (Senegal)
Koulibaly is one of the most respected African players in the present world of football. He is a key figure in Napoli’s defense as well as one of the best defenders in football. The 29 years old Senegal captain earns €125,000 per week at Napoli. Koulibaly has an estimated net worth of $5 million, making him rank the 9th richest current African soccer player.
10. Wilfried Zaha (Ivory Coast)
The EPL Crystal Palace living legend is tenth on our list of top 10 richest current African soccer players. He has an estimated worth of $4 million. Zaha is known for his agility, dribbling skills, and on-ball pace. With an annum earning of $7.6m, he is the top earner in Crystal Palace’s team.
African soccer players are real gems in the present world of soccer. Some of them have become the backbone of their teams. They are spectacular in their style of play. Their fat paycheck is simply a reward for hard work. Did any of the names on our list surprise you? Let us know in the comment box below.
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