Football is the most popular sport in Africa. It is played in every country of the continent. Aside its popularity, soccer is also a lucrative industry generating billions of dollars in revenue every year. Footballers in Africa over the years have cashed in a lot of income from their talents. In this article we will be looking at the top ten richest footballers in Africa 2019. The main sources of income for these footballers include their wages, endorsement deals and personal businesses.
Top Ten Richest Footballers in Africa 2019
10. Christopher Samba
His estimated net worth stands at US $7 Million and much of his wealth comes from the contract he signed with Anzi Makhachkala where he was paid $160,000 as weekly salary.
Born in France, this talented footballer plays for the Championship Club Aston Villa as a defender.
9 Sulley Ali Muntari
Suleyman Ali “Sulley” Muntari (born 27 August 1984) is a Ghanaian professional footballer who plays as a central midfielder. On 31 January 2019, after six months of inactivity Muntari signed with Albacete until the end of the season He has a total net worth is $5 million US dollars.
8 Seydou Keita
Seydou Keïta (born 16 January 1980) is a Malian former footballer. A versatile midfielder, he operated as both a central or defensive midfielder.
He most notably played for Lens (five seasons) and Barcelona (four), winning 14 titles with the latter club after signing in 2008. He started his professional career with Marseille. his estimated Net Worth is $10 Million.
7. John Obi Mikel
John Michael Nchekwube Obinna (born 22 April 1987), variously known as John Obi Mikel, John Mikel Obi or Mikel John Obi, is a Nigerian professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Turkish club Trabzonspor. Born in Jos, he began his career with local club Plateau United, before joining Norwegian club Lyn at the age of 17 in 2004. His net worth is estimated at 30 million US dollars.
6. Asamoah Gyan
Asamoah Gyan (born 22 November 1985) is a Ghanaian professional footballer who last played as a striker for Kayserispor and is the former captain of the Ghanaian national team. He is currently a free agent. His net worth is 23 million US dollars.
5. Michael Essien
Michael Kojo Essien (born 3 December 1982) is a Ghanaian professional footballer who plays for Sabail in the Azerbaijan Premier League, as a midfielder. He has also been capped for the Ghana national team more than 50 times. his net worth is 35 million US dollars.
4 Emmanuel Sheyi Adebayor
Sheyi Emmanuel Adebayor (born 26 February 1984) is a Togolese professional footballer who most recently played as a striker for Turkish club İstanbul Başakşehir. He previously played for English clubs Arsenal, Manchester City, Tottenham Hotspur and Crystal Palace. He has a net worth of about $45 Million.
3. Gnegneri Yaya Toure
Gnégnéri Yaya Touré (born 13 May 1983) is an Ivorian professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for China League One club Qingdao Huanghai and the Ivory Coast national team. Yaya Toure has an estimated net worth of US $70 Million
2 Didier Drogba
Didier Yves Drogba Tébily ( born 11 March 1978) is an Ivorian retired professional footballer who played as a striker. He is the all-time top scorer and former captain of the Ivory Coast national team. He is best known for his career at Chelsea. He has a net worth of 90 million US dollars. He is the second of the top ten richest footballers in Africa 2019.
1. Samuel Eto’o
Samuel Eto’o Fils ( born 10 March 1981) is a Cameroonian professional footballer who plays as a striker for Qatar SC. In his prime, Eto’o was regarded by pundits as one of the best strikers in the world, and he is regarded as one of the greatest African players of all time,winning the African Player of the Year a record four times: in 2003, 2004, 2005, and 2010. The estimated net worth of this footballer is $95 Million, allowing him to lead an extravagant lifestyle with multiple mansions, super-cars, and high-flying private jets, along with generous donations to various charities.