Who are the richest African footballers in 2020? As a football (soccer) fan, you might have also wondered how much the richest African football players are worth. Read on to find out which of your favourite football player from the continent made our top list.
In this article, we have compiled and ranked the top-10 richest African footballers right now based on their net worths in 2020. It is a matter of public knowledge that the most popular football players in Africa are all foreign-based, which comes as no surprise as the wealthiest African footballers are all based or once played in Europe. Without further ado, let’s jump right into this article.
Here are the Richest African Footballers Right Now
* This compilation includes both retired and active professional football players.
10. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
Net Worth: $20 million
Gabon and EPL club Arsenal skipper, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is regarded as one of the best footballers in the world, thanks to his prolific goal-scoring ability. In the Premier League, Aubameyang has also established himself as one of the best players. Though Arsenal is not in their best form at the moment, the 2015 Africa Footballer of the Year was on a wonderful goal-scoring spree, which saw him share the 2018/19 EPL Golden boots with his African brothers, Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah. As of 2020, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang net worth is $20 million, making him the 10th richest African footballer.
9. Odion Ighalo
Net Worth: $20 million
The Nigerian star player is no stranger to the EPL. At one time, Odion Ighalo was a sensation in the EPL when he was on a scoring spree for Watford, where he helped his club defeat prominent opponents such as Liverpool. After a decline in form, he moved to the Chinese Super League, where he played for Changchun Yatai and currently Shanghai Greenland Shenhua before he was selected to help boost the goal-scoring lines of Manchester United. Since he came on loan to Manchester United, he has been prolific, and very instrumental for the English club. As of 2020, Odion Ighalo’s net worth is $20 million, making him the 9th richest African footballer.
8. Asamoah Gyan
Net Worth: $23 million
Ghanian star, Asamoah Gyan is a well-recognized professional footballer from West Africa. He currently plays for the Indian club NorthEast United. A top-rated striker with an eye for goal, Gyan ranks as the only African with the most goals in the FIFA World Cup. He is most recognized in the international scene for his exploits at the 2010 FIFA World Cup, where he led Ghana on a historic run to become the third team to reach a World Cup quarterfinals. As of 2020, Asamoah Gyan’s net worth is $23 million, making him the 8th wealthiest African footballer.
7. Michael Essien
Net Worth: $35 million
The Ghanaian footballer’s name may not be widely known in the world of football in Africa, but Michael Essien at one time was among the best the continent could boast of. From the Ligue 1 where he began gaining publicity in his career to the EPL, Essien clinched several awards which included the EPL as well as the Ligue 1 Player of the Year. No longer active on the International football scene, Essien currently plays for Azerbaijan Premier League club, Sabail FK. Michael Essien’s net worth as of 2020 is $35 million, finding him the 7th spot on our list of the richest African footballers in 2020.
6. John Mikel Obi
Net Worth: $45 million
Nigeria former national team skipper, Mikel Obi was once the young prospect many in Africa thought will change the face of football in the continent, and yes, he did. From the days of his early career, Mikel Obi has shown incredible talent, evidenced by his FIFA World Youth Championship Silver Ball award win, where he was beaten to the Golden ball award by Lionel Messi. He is one of the few Africans who have won the UEFA Champions League, the Europa League, the Premier League, the FA Cup and Community Shield titles. In 2013, Obi led his side to win the 2013 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) Tournament. He retired from international football in 2013. John Mikel Obi’s net worth is $45 million, as of 2020, which makes him the 6th wealthiest African footballer.
5. Emmanuel Adebayor
Net Worth: $50 million
Togolese star, Emmanuel Adebayor may not be among the top players in the continent at the moment, but he is indeed one of the best footballers the continent has produced. His amazing talents saw him compete at some of the best football clubs in the world such as Real Madrid, Tottenham Hotspurs, Arsenal and Manchester City. In 2008, he won the African Football Player of the Year award. Adebayor who is a highly respected football figure in Africa has expressed on several occasions his family implanting obstacles in his path to seek success in football. As of 2020, Emmanuel Adebayor’s net worth is $50 million, placing him 5th on our list of the wealthiest African footballers right now.
4. Mohamed Salah
Net Worth: $70 million
One of the best football players in the world right now, the Egyptian footballer, Mohamed Salah, is indeed a phenomenal player. The rise of the EPL club Liverpool, to its rightful place in European football, can be credited to the exploits of the star as well as his teammates. The star guided Liverpool to 2018/19 UEFA Champions League glory and also shared the 2018/19 EPL Golden boot with teammate Sadio Mane and Arsenal skipper, Aubameyang. He is a two-time African Footballer of the Year. Mohamed Salah’s net worth as of 2020 is $70 million, which makes him the 4th richest African footballer right now.
3. Yaya Touré
Net Worth: $70 million
In Africa, few men have shown how talented they are than Ivorian footballer Yaya Touré, who had the best time of his career with European clubs, Barcelona and Manchester City. With Barcelona, Touré became one of the few Africans who have won the UEFA Champions League, UEFA Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup. In the EPL, Touré won the EPL, FA Cup, Football League Cup and Community Shield titles with Manchester City. Touré was in amazing form while at City as it was when he led Ivory Coast to 2015 AFCON glory. Touré is a four-time African Player of the Year. In 2020, Yaya Touré’s net worth is $70 million, taking the no. 3 spot on our list of the richest African footballers.
2. Didier Drogba
Net Worth: $90 million
Ivorian star, Didier Drogba is a legend in African football. Despite retired, Drogba’s influence in football is still intact. While at Chelsea, the star had the best years of his career, where he emerged as the club’s leading striker which led him to score several goals for the club. Thus he emerged as the club’s fourth all-time highest goal scoring. With Chelsea, Drogba won the EPL and FA Cup each on 4 occasions. He also won the UEFA Champions League, Community Shield and Football League Cup. Drogba is a two time African Player of the Year winner. In 2020, Didier Drogba’s net worth is $90 million, making him the 3rd richest African footballer.
1. Samuel Eto’o
Net Worth: $95 million
Undoubtedly one of the best strikers in the history of football, Eto’o incredible strides and achievements in football still stands long after his retirement. The Cameroonian star emerged as one of the most prolific goal scorers in Europe during the 2000s. Eto’o from a young age had shown great potentials which he lived up to. He won the UEFA Champions League with two different clubs, namely Barcelona and Inter Milan. He also won various league titles in the La Liga and Serie A such as the La Liga, Copa del Rey and Supercopa de España title, and also the Serie A, Supercoppa Italiana and Copa Italiana titles. The FIFA Club World Cup winner ranks as Cameroon’s all-time top scorer. An incredible player, Samuel Eto’o net worth is $95 million as of 2020, which ranks him as the richest African footballer.
Football in Africa is quite as fascinating as it is in virtually any other part of the world. In Africa, the sports is considered a past time in the region that from clay soiled pitches in rural towns to pristine locations with synthetic grass in large cities, the sports can be found, in fact, it is the most popular sports on the continent.
While football attracts a lot of attention, the fact that the sport has not seen rapid progress compared to its contemporaries in other continents have been credited to corrupt practices by the Football Associations in the various African countries. This has thus led to a lack of progress and lack of interest in professional football among African youths. It comes as no surprise that the most popular football players in the continent are all foreign-based.
There you have it — our top-10 compilation of the richest African footballers in 2020. What do you think? Which African football (soccer) player/s did you expect on this list? Please share with us in the comments section below.