Revealed: These Are The Highest-Paid African Footballers 2015 [See their Net Worths]

African footballers for some years now have been waxing strong. A lot of them have succeeded in gaining global fame and recognition, especially those of them that play for international clubs. Now, Africa’s love for football is becoming so prominent that in almost all the big European clubs, African stars are seen lining up alongside world’s greatest footballers. It is really an achievement for Africa that is worth commendation. This also gives us high hopes that some day, an African football team will win the FIFA World Cup! Read on to see the top African players that are the most highly paid as at 2015.

10. Christopher Samba

Country: Congo

Annual Salary: £2.9 million

Net Worth: $8 million


Christopher Samba, the Congolese footballer who has faced series of racial discrimination in his football career is waxing strong against all odds. He currently plays as a defender for FC Dynamo Moscow in the Russian Premier League. He started rising in ranks money wise since he signed mouth-watering deals with Anzhi Makhachkala and Queens Park Rangers in 2013, which were both worth a whopping $160, 000 per week. He is 31 and his net worth is currently $8 million.

9. Seydou Keita

Country: Mali

Annual Salary: £2.9 million

Net Worth: $10 million

ROME, ITALY - NOVEMBER 09: Keita of AS Roma celebrates after scoring the second team's goal during the Serie A match between AS Roma and Torino FC at Stadio Olimpico on November 9, 2014 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Paolo Bruno/Getty Images)

Seydou Keita is a Malian professional footballer who plays for Italian club, A.S. Roma. He is a versatile midfielder who can operate as both a central and a defensive midfielder. Seydou played most notably with Lens (five seasons) and Barcelona (four), winning 14 titles with the later. He recently returned to Spain with Valencia after a year in the Chinese Super League. Based on his net worth, he is the 9th richest African footballer at the moment. Keita is 35 years old.

8. Mikel Obi

Country: Nigeria

Annual Salary: £4.2 million

Net Worth: $15 million


John Michael Nchekwube Obinna known as John Mikel Obi is a Nigerian professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for English club, Chelsea and the Nigeria national team. Mikel is one of Africa’s footballers that gained quick fame. With just 6 appearances in the Norwegian club, Lyn in 2005, Mikel became a hot cake in the football field. Subsequently, Chelsea bought him over in 2006, and since then, he has been playing for Chelsea. However, reports have it he wants to leave the club for the United Arab Emirate any moment. It is his desire to join the likes of Asamoah Gyan and the UAE star, Omar Abdulrahman of Al Ain.

7. Kolo Toure

Country: Ivory Coast

Annual Salary: £2.9 million

Net Worth: $18 million


Kolo Abib Touré (born 19 March 1981) is an Ivorian professional footballer who plays for English club Liverpool as a defender. He previously played for Manchester City and Arsenal, where he was a member of the famous ‘invincibles’ side of the 2003–04 season. He is the elder brother of Manchester City’s Yaya Touré and the late Ibrahim Touré, who died in June 2014.

Touré has played for three of England’s biggest clubs: Arsenal, Manchester United and Liverpool. He also has a well-paying sponsorship deal with Adidas and has become an indispensable player to the Ivory Coast National Team.

6. Asamoah Gyan

Country: Ghana

Annual Salary: £11.8 million

Net Worth: $23 million

Soccer - 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa - Group D - Serbia v Ghana - Loftus Versfeld Stadium

Asamoah Gyan plays as a striker for Shanghai SIPG F.C and captains the Ghanaian national team. Known for his unique overpass and scoring technique, Asamoah Gyan has received various accolades and recognition for his efforts and passion in the field. One of his remarkable and ever-green achievements includes the fastest goal entitlement, when he scored a goal 68 seconds into the match for Ghana in 2006.

Looking at his huge income, one would be expecting him to be near the top in the list of the Richest African footballers, but he managed to make the 6th position, with a net worth of $23 million. This could be attributed to his extravagant and flamboyant lifestyle.