Talk of one of the highest paid people in the world and a day-old-babe will point to footballers.

And African footballers are no exception.

They do feature at the world’s football top table–when it comes to highest paid footballers.

Thus, they live in splendor and luxury…

Below is a list of top 5 richest African Players in 2017.

Its quite shocking Ghanaian striker, Asamoah Gyan did not make the list per the gargantuan salaries he chalked in China and UAE.

Here is the richest African footballers in 2017:

5. Michael Essien

He is a Ghanaian midfielder who was the most expensive African footballer in history when he joined Chelsea in 2005.

The Ghanaian has achieved great success at Chelsea winning the Premier League and Champions League amongst others, and reportedly earns $5million a year.

The 34-years-old has a net worth of $25 million.

4. Emmanuel Adebayor

Togo’s all time top scorer has had well-paying contracts in different clubs he played for in English Premier League. while at Manchester city the striker earned a reportedly $268,000 million.

Adebayor helped Togo to qualify for the 2006 Africa Cup of Nations, scoring 11 goals in the qualifiers, more than any other player in the African qualifiers.

The Togolese has set up projects in Togo and all accross the continent.

He is Net worth is $35 million.

3. Yaya Toure

Toure is an Ivorian professional footballer who plays as a central midfielder for Premier League club Manchester City.

He is the former captain of Ivory Coast national team. His net worth is nearly $70 million .

The 34-year-old is  one of the world’s best players.

He was also voted African Footballer of the year 4 consecutive times.

The experienced midfielder helped the Ivory Coast while captaining them to victory in 2015; and He also helped City earn their first league title in 44 years.

2. Didier Drogba

He is the all-time top scorer and former captain of the Ivory Coast national football team.

Drogba is best known for his career at Chelsea; for whom he has scored more goals than any other foreign player and is currently the club’s fourth highest goal scorer of all time. He has also been named African Footballer of the the year twice. He won the accolade in 2006 and 2009.

Didier’s enormous fortune is impressive, by considering that he didn’t earn a big move before transfer to Chelsea, but then after he had different lucrative contracts.

The forward has a net worth of $90 million.

1. Samuel Eto’o

This Cameroonian football player is the most successful and most decorated African player of all time.

Samuel scored over 100 goals in five seasons with Barcelona; and is also the record holder in number of appearances by an African player in La Liga.

The former Indomitable Lions captain was in fact once the highest-paid player in the world during his spell with Anzhi Makhachkala where he earned €20 million ($25 million) a year after taxes.

Eto’o is now one of the richest footballer in the world. He is the richest footballer in Africa with a net worth of $95 million.




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