African footballers have been among the top earners in world football in recent times.
Since African continent have been known for producing potential talents. The talents have been dully recognized internationally both at club and country level.
Most of them are plying their trade either in the English premier league, Bundesliga, La Liga or even in Asia (Chinese Super League). They receive huge salaries weekly and endorsement deals worth millions of Euros that enable them feature on the rich list.
Here is the list of Top 10 highest paid footballers in Africa for the year 2018 and the salaries they earn weekly while playing for their respective football clubs.
Top 10 Highest Paid African Footballers In 2018
1. Asamoah Gyan – £300,000 per week
Asamoah Gyan is the highest paid African footballer who earns £300,000 a week. He joined a Chinese club on a two year deal with Shanghai in 2015.
In 2016, Gyan was considered among the highest paid football player in the world alongside the likes of other football superstars like Lionel Messi, Christiano Ronaldo, Neymar and co.
2. Mohammed Salah – £200,000
Mohamed Salah is ranked as the best African footballer in the world 2018.
Salah currently plays for Liverpool FC in the EPL and for the Egyptian national team.
He earns about £200,000 per week after tax with other endorsements.
This deal will make him the second highest paid African footballer in the world but the most paid in the EPL in a bid to fend off interest from the likes of Real Madrid and Barcelona already showing interest in his services.
3. Riyad Mahrez £200,00 Per week
Riyad Mahrez, who is 27 years old, moved from Leicester City to Manchester city for a club record fee has seen him earn £200,00 per week as salary.
The Algeria international is one of Leicester’s title-winning heroes from the 2015-16 season.
Mahrez was named PFA Player of the Year in 2015-16 when Leicester were crowned Premier League champions.
4. Odion Ighalo – £190,000
Luckily, Odion Ighalo who is the current highest paid Nigerian footballer is ranked third on this list as he earns a £190,000 salary in a week.
The Nigerian born striker is playing in Changchun Yatai and also for the Super Eagles (Nigerian football team). He has played in the EPL, but he began his career in Norway.
Odion Ighalo featured in the world cup held in Russia.
5. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – £180,000
The Gabonese professional footballer plays for Arsenal FC in the EPL. He earns a salary of £180,000 as weekly wages. He played for Borussia Dortmund before he joined Arsenal scoring 10 goals in his first season.
6. Samuel Eto’o – £170,000
Eto’o is one of Africa’s most decorated football players having won the award for best African player four times in a row.
He earns a salary of £170,000 per week and he is a top striker for Turkish club Konyaspor.
Throughout his career, no African player has won more cups and titles as Samuel Eto’o.
7. John Obi Mikel – £140,000
Mikel Obi is also among the highest paid footballers in Africa who earns £140,000 a week as salary at his current club, Tianjin TEDA.
He is the captain of the Nigerian football team.
Mikel played for Chelsea, winning the Champions League and the Barclays Premeir league before he joined his current club in China.
His full name is John Michael Nchekwube Obinna.
8. Kelechi Promise Iheanacho – £100,000
Iheanacho is another rich Nigerian professional footballer who is among the list of highest paid footballers in Africa.
He plays for Premier league club, Leicester City where he is paid £100,000 as weekly wages after moving from Manchester City.
9. Obafemi Martins – £100,000
His full names are Obafemi Akinwunmi Martins. He is another Nigerian to be featured on the list.
Martins played for various clubs both in the EPL, the American league and he now plays as a forward for Shanghai Greenland Shenhua where he earns £100,000 currently.
10. Victor Moses – £75,000
He plays as both winger and wing-back in Chelsea FC.
He is also a Nigerian and earns a weekly salary of £75,000.