Football is a nice game that is played using the foot and this game is the most popular game in Africa. Starting from Morocco to South Africa to Malawi and then to Egypt, the game is taken as more than just a sport. It is seen as a way of life. Football can unify people. Many African players are engaged in this game. Africa is blessed with adequate natural resources and due to improper management processes, poverty have been in Africa. African players are global players and some of them are football legends who earn more to be among the richest players. Many footballers in Africa have made their mark in football. They have made their mark both in their country and in the global football arena. Many of them are very rich. I will share with you in this article, the top 10 richest footballers in Africa, both active and retired.
1) Samuel Eto’o
Net worth of assets: $202 million
Football clubs: Mallorca, Barcelona, Inter Milan, Anzhi Makhachkala, Everton, Chelsea, Konyaspo, Sampdona
Samuel Eto’o tops the list as the richest African footballer. He was the former captain of the Indomitable Lions. He is the most successful and the most decorated player and have won the African Player of the Year award many times. Samuel Eto’o is among the richest footballers in the planet. He has gotten many endorsement deals that, have given him his net worth. Samuel have scored more than 100 goals in 5 seasons with Barcelona. He remains one of the richest players on the planet and the richest in Africa.
2) Yaya Toure
Net worth value of assets: $170 million
Football clubs: Metalurh Donetsk, Beveren, Manchester City, Barcelona, Monaco
He is second in this list and is the younger of Kolo who is also part of this list. He has played for many clubs and have had many sports deals. He has won the African Footballer of the Year 4 times and he has a deal with Puma.
3) Didier Drogba
Net worth value of assets: $155 million
Football clubs: Guingamp, LeMan, Marseille, Chelsea, Phoenix Rising, Montreal Impact, Galatasaray, Shenshua
He is third in this list and remains the highest goal scorer of Africa. He was the former captain of the national team of Ivory Coast. He is known for his adventures in Chelsea where he is the 4th highest goal scorer of the club. He has also won the African Footballer of the Year twice. His wealth came from lucrative deals with the Chinese Super League club known as Shanghai Shenshua F.C and Chelsea. He also did lucrative contracts with Nike, Samsung and Pepsi. Football showed itself to be a unified factor when Drogba made a plea to the country’s combatants telling them to lay down their arms and end the 5 years civil war and this request was heard.
4) Jay-Jay Okocha
Net worth of assets: $150 million
Football clubs: Bolton Wanderers, Qatar SC, Hull City, Borussia Neunkirchen, Eintracht Frankfurt, Fenerbahce
Augustine Azuka Okocha known as Jay-Jay is a well known African player. This Nigerian footballer has much skills. His skills with football got fans captivated anytime he played and this have led to the chant ‘Jay-Jay’ and he was named twice. Ever since he returned from football, he formed the Jay Jay Okocha Group West Africa Ltd which is a firm that operates many enterprises, night clubs, bureau de charge, development of property.
5) Nwankwo Kanu
Net worth of assets: $100 million
Football clubs: Inter Milan, Iwuanyanwu Nationale, Ajax, Arsenal, Portsmouth, Bromwich Albion
He is the no 5 in this list and is one of the best players in Nigeria and African history. He was the former captain of the Super Eagle. He began with Iwuanyanwu Nationale and made his name at the tournament of the U-17 World Championship which made the Dutch Ajax to want his signature. He continued to be among the most decorated footballer of Africa having won many international trophies.
6) Michael Essien
Net worth of assets: $70 million
Chelsea, Real Madrid, Bastia, Lyon, Panathinaikos, Persib Bandung
This midfielder have once been among the most expensive player from the time he joined Chelsea in 2005.He is from Ghana. He got a name for himself at the 1999 FIFA U-17 World Championship which was held in New Zealand before heading to the European continent.
7) Emmanuel Adebayor
Net worth of assets: $57 million
Football clubs: Arsenal, Metc, Monaco, Manchester City, Real Madrid, Tottenham Hotspur, Crystal Palace and Istanbul Basaksehir
He is among the richest and have featured in many English league. He has played for many clubs.
8) John Mikel Obi
Net worth of assets: $50 million
Football clubs: Chelsea, Tianjin TEDA, Lyn
He is the number 8 in this list and is the captain of the Nigerian national team of the Super Eagles. He made his mark at the FIFA Under-17 World Championship in Further and where he was the second best player after Lionel Messi. He then joined Lyn and then Chelsea where he won the trophies. Mikel has a range of fancy car collection which includes a Mercedes Benz G Wagon, Range Rover Sports, Bentley Continental GT
9) Kolo Route
Football clubs: Liverpool, Celtic, ASEC Miniosas, Arsenal and Manchester City
The Ivorian player is at number 9 have played for 3 of the top six football teams in the English Premier League. He won the Premier League, Community Shield and FA Cup on many occasions and he is the second most capped player of the Ivory Coast.
10) Sulley Muntari
Net worth of assets: $40 million
Football clubs: Portsmouth, Udinese, Internazionale, Sunderland, Ittihad, Pescara and AC Milan
The Ghanaian is the 10th in this list. At the age of 16, he was a member of the under-20 team of Ghana. Due to his performance at the FIFA World Youth Championship, he moved to the Chinese of Italy. He also played for Portsmouth where he won the FA Cup and he won the Coppa Italia, Serie A, Super Coppa Italiania, FIFA Club World Cup and UEFA Champions League.