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Top 10 richest footballers in Africa in 2021

Ernest Sunday
By Ernest Sunday

Freelance sports writer with great passion for football, Academic content writer and Lifestyle Blogger

This article covers the top ten richest footballers in Africa who have represented Africa in different clubs worldwide and his country on the international level.

LIst of top ten richest footballers in Africa in 2021

African football has improved so much in recent years. Most of its footballers have played a crucial part in football clubs worldwide, including European clubs, Asian clubs and many others.

Mohammed Salah, Riyad Mahrez, Sadio Mane, and other African footballers have played a vital part at different Premier League clubs. These players have become one of the highest-paid players in their leagues, owing to their hard work and talent.

Let us take a look at the top ten richest footballers in Africa in 2021. This list will only be covering Africa footballers who are still active in football.

Top 10 richest footballers in Africa in 2021

  1. Muhammad Salah - $70 Million
  2. John Obi Mikel – $45 Million
  3. Emmanuel Adebayor – $45 Million
  4. Sadio Mane – $30 Million
  5. Pierre Emrick Aubameyang – $30 Million
  6. Victor Moses – $25 Million
  7. Asamoah Gyan – $25 Million
  8. Kevin Prince Boateng – $20 Million
  9. Odion Ighalo – $20 Million
  10. Riyad Mahrez - Net worth of $18.5 million

1. Muhammad Salah - $70 Million

Mohammed Salah is currently the richest footballer in Africa in 2021, with an impressive net worth of  $70 Million. Salah, an Egyptian professional footballer, plays as a winger for English top club Liverpool.

Mohammed Salah is the richest footballer in Africa in 2021

His move to Liverpool from Roma in 2017 has been a blessing to the superstar. In Liverpool, Salah has been regarded as one of the most vital players among his teammates.

He has helped Liverpool win many titles in the past three years, including Champions Lague, Club World Cup, Super Cup and the Premier League title in 2019.

Due to his incredible talent and effort in Liverpool, Salah is currently Liverpool's highest-paid player with an annual salary of $23.1 million, adding to his previous wages in the past years.

These salaries have helped him become the richest footballer in Africa in 2021.

Adding to Salah's salaries is his endorsements with different companies that earn him over $12 million annually. His endorsements include Adidas, DHL International, Electronic Arts, ExxonMobil, Vodafone-USD.

2. John Obi Mikel – $45 Million

John Mikel Obi is the 2nd richest footballer in Africa in 2021 with a massive $45 million salary. Mikel Obi is a Nigerian football player who has played in the top flight in his football career.

Mikel Obi is the second richest footballer in Africa in 2021

Playing for Chelsea, one of the biggest clubs in the Premier League in the past years, Mikel Obi has acquired so much wealth to become one of the richest footballers in Africa.

Mikel Obi started his football career as a midfielder in the Nigerian local football team Plateau United before joining Lyn Football club in Norway in 2014.

After two years in Norway, Mikel Obi joined the English club Chelsea, where he spent eleven years. He earned lots of money at the London club before moving to Tianjin TEDA (a Chinese football club) in 2017. In Tianjin TEDA, he received over $7.5 million on an annual basis.

Presently Mikel Obi is the richest footballer in Nigeria in the top ten richest footballers in Nigeria.

During his time at Chelsea, Mikel Obi was a crucial part of the club's squad that won the 2009 Premier League; he made 25 Premier League appearances for Chelsea in that season.

Since leaving China, Mikel Obi has played in three different clubs, including Middlesbrough in the English Championship, Trabzonspor in the Turkish Super League and currently playing for Kuwait SC in Kuwait.

3. Emmanuel Adebayor – $45 Million

Emmanuel Adebayor is the 3rd richest footballer in Africa in 2021, with a net worth of $45 Million. Adebayor is a Togolese professional footballer player. He currently plays as a striker for Paraguayan club Olimpia.

Emmanuel Adebayor is the 3rd richest footballer in Africa in 2021

Adebayor's lucrative net worth, which has placed him as one of the richest footballers in Africa, is from his past success in different European top clubs, including Arsenal, Manchester City, Tottenham, Crystal Palace and Real Madrid.

The striker spent ten years in England, acquiring so much wealth that raised his net worth. In Manchester City, Adebayor earned an annual salary worth $25 million, while in Tottenham, he received a yearly salary of $5 million.

His early five years in Metz and Monaco also helped him make little money that increased his net worth. Adebayor has also played in the Turkish Super League for İstanbul Başakşehir and Kayserispor for four years.

4.  Sadio Mane – $30 Million

Sadio Mane is the 4th richest footballer in Africa in 2021 with a whopping net worth $30 Million. Mane is known for his strength and hard work.

He plays for England club Liverpool and African country Senegal.

Sadio Mane is the 4th richest footballer in Africa in 2021

Mane is regarded as one of the best players in Liverpool and Premier League since joining the Reds from Southampton in 2016.

Over the past five years in Liverpool, Mane has been a very prolific player helping Liverpool win many European titles, including the UEFA Champions League, UEFA Super Cup and Club World Cup.

In the 2019 season, Mane was also one of the key players who helped Liverpool win the Premier League, their first Premier League trophy in 16 years.

In the past years, Mane has received a massive amount of salaries worth £100,000 per week, and that has raised his net worth to become one of the richest footballers in Africa in 2021.

The strong midfielder has also won many individual awards that helped increase his net worth to become one of the richest footballers in Africa. His awards include Liverpool Players' Player of the Season Award, African Footballer of the Year, Onze d'Or and many others.

5. Pierre Emrick Aubameyang – $30 Million

Pierre Emrick Aubameyang is the 5th richest footballer in Africa in 2021, with a net worth of $30 Million. Aubameyang is Gabon professional striker that plays in the Premier League for London club Arsenal.

Arsenal's striker Pierre Emrick Aubameyang  is the 5th richest footballer in Africa in 2021

In the past years, Aubameyang was rated as one of the best strikers in Europe, having scored 141 goals in 213 appearances for Borussia Dortmund in the Germain Bundesliga.

In 2018 Aubameyang joined Arsenal in the club's record fee worth £56 million. Currently, he receives a lucrative weekly salary worth  £350,000, a huge salary that has increased his net worth to become the 5th richest footballer in Africa in 2021.

He has also won many individual awards that have increased his net worth, including Ligue 1 Best African Player 2013, Bundesliga Player of the Year 2015, African Footballer of the Year 2015 ad many others.

6. Victor Moses – $25 Million

Victor Moses is the 6th richest footballer in Africa in 2021. Victor Moses net worth is valued at $25 Million. He has played for different Premier League clubs in the past years.

Victor Moses is the sixth richest footballer in Africa in 2021

Crystal Palace, Wigan Athletic, Liverpool, Stoke City and West Ham have enjoyed the service of the talented player who plays as a winger.

Victor Moses is a Nigerian and Spartak Moscow's player. The 30-year-old striker joined the Russian club in the 2021 transfer window after spending the 2020 season on loan with the club.

In the 2019 season, Moses joined his former manager Antonio Conte on loan at Inter Milan. In 2016 he lifted the 2016 Premier League trophy with Conte. After the one-year loan contract with Inter Milan, he joined Spartak Moscow for another loan spell.

7. Asamoah Gyan – $25 Million

Asamoah Gyan made the 7th position as one of the richest footballers in Africa in 2021 with a net worth of $25 Million. His records playing in different countries have helped him achieve such a position in the richest African footballer's ranking.

Asamoah Gyan is the 7th richest footballer in Afric a in 2021

In the early career of Asamoah Gyan, he was regarded as one of the fine African strikers owning to his skills and goal-scoring ability. In the 2010 World Cup, he helped his country Ghana to reach the quarter-final stage.

Following the World Cup tournament, Ghana became the third African country to reach the quarter-final stage in the World Cup competition.

Gyan has played for Udinese in Italian Serie A, Rennes in French Ligue 1, Sunderland in the Premier League, Al Ain in the United Arab Emirates, Shanghai SIPG in Chinese Super League and Kayserispor in Turkey.

Gyan's salaries in these clubs have helped him become one of the top ten richest footballers in Africa in 2021.

Adding to Gyan's salaries over the years, his awards have helped increase his net worth to become the 7th richest footballer in Africa.

His awards include BBC African Footballer of the Year 2010, UAE Pro League Top Scorer 2011, 2012 and 2013, AFC Champions League Top Scorer 2014.

Currently, Asamoah Gyan plays for Legon Cities in Ghana after returning to his homeland in November 2020.

8. Kevin Prince Boateng – $20 Million

Kevin Boateng is the 8th richest footballer in Africa in 2021. The star player has a total net worth of $20 million, a huge amount that suits his talents. Boateng is currently a Hertha BSC player after his return from Italian club Monza in the 2021 transfer window.

Boateng has already retired from international competition after four years of playing for Ghana in the World Cup and the African Cup of Nation. Boateng is the second Ghanaian to make the top ten richest footballers in Africa in 2021.

Kevin Prince Boateng is the 8th richest footballer in Africa in 2021

It will surprise some people to see Kevin Prince Boateng on the top ten richest footballers in Africa. His successful early career has helped him reach such a mile as one of the richest footballers in Africa.

In the past, Kevin Prince Boateng has played for different European clubs where he earned so much money to increase his net worth to such a huge amount.

The top striker has played for AC Millan, Schalke 04, Eintracht Frankfurt, Sassuolo, Barcelona and many other clubs.

9. Odion Ighalo – $20 Million

Odion Jude Ighalo is the 9th richest footballer in Africa in 2021, with a net worth of $20 Million. Odion Jude Ighalo is a Nigerian professional player that has acquired so much wealth playing for different clubs in different countries, including Watford and Manchester United in the English Premier League.

Odion Ighalo is the 9th richest footballer in Africa in 2021

At Watford, Ighalo was receiving a huge salary worth 45,000 pounds per week. The star player received the salary for two years at Watford.

His huge net worth increased when he joined Changchun Yataiin in 2017 in the Chinese Super League and another Chinese club, CSL giants Shanghai Greenland Shenhua in 2019.

After a loan move to Manchester United in 2019, where Ighalo agreed to receive a pay cut of 150,000 pounds per week, he joined Saudi Arabian club Al Shabab.

Adding to Ighalo's 9th position on the top ten richest footballers in Africa, he is also the second richest footballer in Nigeria.

10. Riyad Mahrez - Net worth of $18.5 million

Riyad Mahrez is the 10th richest footballer in Africa in 2021, with a net worth of $18.5 million, thanks to his successful career in England so far. Mahrez is an Algerian professional player that plays as a winger for English champion Manchester City.

Manchester City's Riyad Mahrez ia the 10th richest footballer in Africa in 2021

The talented winger who captains his country has tested lots of success since moving to England from Le Havre in France.

Mahrez joined Leicester City in the EFL Championship in 2013 and helped them got promoted to Premier League. In 2015 he won the Premier League title with Leicester.

Playing for Leicester City, Mahrez received good salaries that helped increase his net worth to a minimum level.

In 2018 the superstar joined Pep Guardiola's Manchester City in a £60m deal for a five-year contract. At City, Mahrez receives a huge weekly salary worth £200,000.

His huge salary has helped him to earn a spot as the 10th richest footballers in Africa.

Mahrez's awards have also helped him gain so much money to make it to the top ten richest footballers in Africa.

His awards include CAF African Footballer of the Year 2016, BBC African Footballer of the Year 2016, Algerian Footballer of the Year 2015 and 2016, PFA Players' Player of the Year 2015, PFA Fans' Player of the Year 2016 and many more.