Lets a a detailed look at the highest paid active African footballers around the world in 2021.
Years back African footballers were paid meagre amounts by their respective clubs.
In recent times, things have changed. African players are making their mark in the world when it comes to football and receiving worthy amounts to play.
From Sadio Mane and Mohammed Salah’s contribution to Liverpool’s Premier League and Champions League triumph, to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang contributing to Arsenal’s FA cup triumph, African players have proved that they deserve every penny paid them.
We, therefore look at the Top 10 Richest Active African footballers in 2021.
10. Hakim Ziyech (Morocco)– Chelsea (£100,000 per week)
Hakim Ziyech signed a 5 year / £26,000,000 contract with the Chelsea F.C., including an annual average salary of £5,200,000. In 2020, Ziyech will earn a base salary of £5,200,000, while carrying a cap hit of £5,200,000.
famous for his dribbling skills, free-kick prowess and pace, crosses as well as his killer passing instincts.
However, the 27 years old Moroccan earns £100,000 per week at Chelsea same as Liverpool defender Joel Matip. But Joel Matip is not included in this list since he has not been playing in the Cameroon National team for long now.
9. Riyad Mahrez (Algeria)– Manchester City (£120,000 per week)
Riyad Mahrez is already one of the most decorated African players of all time after some successful seasons at Leicester and Manchester City. In 2019, Riyad Mahrez won almost everything including the AFCON, confederations cup, Premier League, Community Shield, FA cup and many more.
The 29 years old Algerian is famous for his dribbling skills, free-kick prowess and pace. Mahrez is paid £120,000 per week at Manchester City.
He is rank 9th behind Naby Keita amisdt terms of his contract. Mahrez earns £6.24M per year while Naby Keita is paid £6.9M per year.
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8. Naby Keita (Guinea)– Liverpool (£120,000 per week)
The central midfielder, Naby Keita, signed a contract with Liverpool for a whopping worth of £6,900,000 per year. His career started in 2013, and since then, his fame rises as a vital central midfielder. With a weekly salary of £120,000, Keita is still young and has so much left to achieve in his career. There is no doubt that even before he reaches his peak, he will be in the class of veteran African midfielders like Mikel Obi in terms of pay.
7. Wilfried Zaha (Ivory Coast)– Crystal Palace (£130,000 per week)
After sighing his new contract with Crystal Palace football club last summer, Wilfired Zaha is currently the highest paid Crystal Palace player. The deal will keep him at the club until 2023.
The Ivorian international is the focal point in Crystal Palace attack. A big reason why Crystal Palace has been on fire in the recent seasons.
6. Sadio Mane (Senegal)– Liverpool (£150,000 per week)
Since his move to Liverpool in 2016, there is nothing slowing down Sadio Mane.
The Senegalese winger has been in spectacular form all season for Liverpool. as well as Senegal. Sadio Mane was named winner of the 2019 African Player of the year in January 2020.
After extending his stay at Liverpool for the next five years, Sadio Mane is reported paid £150,000 per week at Liverpool.
5. Kalidou Koulibaly (Senegal)- Napoli (£175,000 per week)
The Senegalese international defender is currently the highest paid player at Napoli. He earns a whopping £190,000 per week.
Kalidou Koulibaly has been pivotal to Napoli’s success in the last couple of seasons. He has also be vital in his country’s performances in the international African football stages. A giant at the backline.
4. Odion Ighalo (Nigeria)– Shanghai Greenland Shenhua /Manchester United (£190,000 per week)
Ighalo is currently the highest-paid Nigeria player. He is currently on loan at Manchester United. After extending his loan deal at Manchester United, he earns £190,000 per week. He was reportedly being paid £300,000 per week in his Chinese Super League club Shanghai Shenhua.
3. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Gabon)– Arsenal (£200,000 per week)
Aubameyang joined Arsenal in 2018 from Borussia Dortmund. He signed a deal worth £56 million making him one of the top-earning Africans in Europe. The Gabonese forward Aubameyang earns about £200,000 weekly at Arsenal after extending his stay at the club few months ago.
The Emirates captain has been massive since signing for the north London club. Aubameyang has played a massive role in Mikel Arteta’s two titles since arriving at the club last season.
2. Mohammed Salah (Egypt)– Liverpool (£200,000 per week)
The Egyptian popularly referred to as Mo Salah has been very instrumental in Liverpool since he arrived three seasons ago.
Salah is currently paid £200,000 per week at Liverpool. He has contributed greatly to success achieved by Liverpool since his arrival.
He was named the African Footballer of the Year for 2018. He also became the first African to score 30 goals in a Premier League season in his first season at Anfield. The Egyptian forward is not just one of the best players in the English Premier League, he is also one of the best players in the world right now.
1. Cedric Bakambu (DR Congo) – Beijing Guoan (£307,000 per week)
Sorry to disappoint you because we all know you were expecting the highest paid active African player to be from a European club.
Cedric Bakambu moved to the Chinese Super League side Beijing Guoan in February 2018 from Villarreal at a fee of £65 million. This makes him the most expensive African footballer ever.
The Democratic Republic of Congo international earns a whopping £307,000 per week.