Here Are the Richest African Footballers in 2022
African footballers are some of the highest earners in the profession of football, For example, Egpyt-Liverpool star, Mohammed Salah earns as high as £400,000 a week, putting him among the highest paid in the world. Aside from Salah, there is Pierre Emrick Aubameyang of Gabon who earns as much as £350,000 per week. These players also make money from sponsorship and endorsement deals. To celebrate these accomplishments, we have compiled a list of the richest footballers in Africa in 2022.
Top 10 Richest Footballers in Africa (2022)
|1.||Samuel Eto’o||$95 Million||41||Cameroun|
|2.||Didier Drogba||$90 Million||44||Côte d’Ivoire|
|3.||Mohamed Salah||$90 Million||29||Egypt|
|4.||Yaya Toure||$80 Million||39||Côte d’Ivoire|
|5.||Mikel Obi||$60 Million||35||Nigeria|
|6.||Pierre Emrick Aubameyang||$50 Million||32||Gabon|
|7.||Emmanuel Adebayor||$45 Million||38||Togo|
|8.||Kolo Touré||$40 Million||41||Côte d’Ivoire|
|9||Michael Essien||$35 Million||39||Ghana|
|10||Sadio Mané||$30 Million||30||Senegal|
1. Samuel Eto’o
Samuel Eto’o with an estimated net worth of $95 Million is the richest footballer in Africa in 2022. He was once the highest-paid player in the world while he was with Russian football club FC Anzhi Makhachkala, earning a whopping $25millon a year.
The Camerounian legend began his professional career in Real Madrid at the age of 16, moving to Mallorca in 2000 where he scored 70 goals. His impressive form saw him join Barcelona in 2004 where he scored 130 goals in five seasons and also became the record holder for the most appearances by an African player in La Liga.
2. Didier Drogba
Chelsea legend, Didier Drogba, with an estimated net worth of $90 Million takes second place among the richest footballers in Africa in 2022. Drogba was one of the highest paid in Football history earning $105,000 a week when he was at Chelsea, and $325,000 at Shanghai Shenhua.
The Ivorian footballer made his professional debut aged 18 for Ligue 2 club Le Mans, and signed his first professional contract aged 21. He is best known for his career at Chelsea, where he moved to in 2004, for a club record £24 million fees, making him the most expensive Ivorian player in history.
He was named African Footballer of the Year twice, winning the accolade in 2006 and 2009. On April 21 2022, he was inducted into the Premier League Hall of Fame
3. Mohamed Salah
Egyptian Liverpool star, Mohamed Salah joins the list of the richest footballers in Africa in 2022 with an estimated net worth of $90 Million. The 29-year-old Striker is presently one of the highest paid footballers in the world earning as high as £400,000 per week.
Salah began his professional career in 2010 playing for Al Mokawloon, departing in 2012 to join Basel, where he won two Swiss Super League titles. He joined Chelsea in 2014 for a reported fee of £11 million, but limited game time led to successive loans to Fiorentina and Roma, who later signed him permanently for €15 million.
Salah is considered by many as one of the greatest African player of all time, He was ranked 3rd place among the the Best FIFA Men’s Player in 2018 and 2021 and also received the 2018 FIFA Puskás Award for his winning goal against Everton in 2017–18 Premier league season.
Top 10 Richest Footballers in Africa (2022)
4. Yaya Toure
Yaya Toure, another ivorian legend with an estimated net worth of $80 Million, joins the list of the richest footballers in Africa in 2022. Touré began his playing career at Ivorian club ASEC Mimosas, where he made his debut at age 18. His performances attracted attention from Europe. He had stints with Beveren, Metalurh Donetsk, Olympiacos and Monaco before moving to Barcelona in 2007.
He played over 100 matches for the club and was part of the historic 2009 Barcelona side that won six trophies in a calendar year. In 2010, Touré moved to Premier League club Manchester City, where he scored a number of key goals, most notably the only goals in the 2011 FA Cup semi-final and final. He also helped City earn their first league title in 44 years.
5. Mikel Obi
Professional Nigerian Player Mikel Obi, joins the list of the richest footballers in Africa in 2022, with an estimated networth of $60 Million. The Nigerian star is one of the most successful player in the country with 18-year international senior career in different top clubs and 3 years playing in youth leagues.
Mikel began his career with local club Plateau United, before joining Norwegian club Lyn at the age of 17 in 2004. In 2006, he made a controversial transfer to English club Chelsea after Manchester United claimed they had already signed him. He stayed with Chelsea for 11 years, before moving to China with Tianjin TEDA in 2017.
After two years in China, he returned to England on a short-term deal with Middlesbrough, before joining Trabzonspor on a free transfer in July 2019. Mikel moved back to England in August 2020 joining Stoke City. The 35-year-olf player is recipients of many hours and awards including the Premier league, Champions League and the African Cup of Nations.
6. Pierre Emrick Aubameyang
Gabonese star player, Pierre Emrick Aubameyang takes sixth place among the richest footballers in Africa in 2022, with an estimated networth of $50 Million. The 32-year-old player was once the highest paid player on the continent earning £350,000 per week.
Abumeyang began his career career playing for Italian club AC Milan, but never appeared for the club as he went on a series of loan spells in France. He moved to Saint-Étienne in 2011. There, he won a Coupe de la Ligue title and joined Borussia Dortmund in 2013.
At Borrusia Dortmund, Aubameyang finished as the league’s top goalscorer in the 2016–17 season and won a DFB-Pokal. He also ranks as the club’s seventh highest all-time goalscorer. In 2018, he was transferred to Arsenal in a deal worth worth £56 million.
With Arsenal, he won an FA Cup and finished as the league’s joint-top goalscorer in the 2018–19 season. In 2022, Aubameyang joined Barcelona after his contract was cancelled by mutual consent.
7. Emmanuel Adebayor
Emmanuel Adebayor is a Togolese professional footballer and one of the richest footballers in Africa in 2022, with an estimated networth of $40 Million. The nigerian originated playerwas one of the highest paid during his time earning as much as $16.7 annually.
Adebayor began his career playing for Sporting Club de Lomé before he was spotted by scouts from Metz, who brought him to France in 1999. He made his professional debut in 2001. before he was transferred to Monaco in 2003. Premier league giant Arsenal Signed Adebayor for £3 million in January 2006.
He has since then played for several other team including Manchester City, Tottenham Hotspur and Crystal Palace, Real Madrid,İstanbul Başakşehir, Kayserispor, and Club Olimpia. He was voted African Footballer of the Year for 2008 while playing at Arsenal
8. Kolo Touré
He began his career at ASEC Mimosas, moving to Arsenal in 2002, where he made 326 appearances for the club and was a member of the 03–04 ‘invincibles’ side. In 2009, he moved to Manchester City, helping the club win its first league title in 44 years.
He has since then played for several other teams, such as Liverpool and Celtic, where he won won the Scottish Premiership and Scottish League Cup. He is recipients of many honours such as the Primier league, FA Community Shield and the FA cup.
9. Michael Essien
Ghanian professional player, Michael Essien joins the list of the richest footballers in Africa in 2022, with an estimated net worth of $35 Million. During his prime, he was considered one of the best midfielders in the world.
In 2005, Premier League Club Chelsea Signed Essien for a £24.4 million transfer fee and, at the time of his signing, was the most expensive African footballer in history. At Chelsea, Essien helped the club win the Premier League in 2006 and 2010, as well as three FA Cups and one League Cup. He won the UEFA Champions League in 2011–12 .
10. Sadio Mane
Sadio Mane with an estimated networth of $30 Million, concludes the list of the richest footballers in Africa in 2022. The sengalese football star is presently one of the highest paid african player in the premier league earning as much as a 100,000 pounds per week.
Mané began his professional career with Ligue 2 club Metz at age 19, but he departed after a solitary season to join Austrian club Red Bull Salzburg in 2012 for a fee of €4 million, winning a league and cup domestic double in the 2013–14 season. He was later transferred to Southampton for a club record fee of £11.8 million.Where, he set a new Premier League record for the fastest hat-trick, scored in 176 seconds in a 6–1 win over Aston Villa in 2015.
In October 2021 he scored his 100th Premier League goal, becoming the third African to reach the landmark
For the sake of emphasis here is recap of the top 10 richest footballers in Africa in 2022.
- Samuel Eto’o – $95 Million
- Didier Drogba – $90 Million
- Mohamed Salah – $90 Million
- Yaya Toure – $80 Million
- Mikel Obi – $60 Million
- Pierre Emrick Aubameyang – $50 Million
- Emmanuel Adebayor – $45 Million
- Kolo Touré – $40 Million
- Michael Essien – $35 Million
- Sadio Mané – $30 Million