Checkout Nigerian Players Who Made The Top 10 Highest Paid African Players
Among the 10 highest paid African players in the world, 5 Nigerian professional footballers make the list.
See the list below:
1. Yaya Toure (£230,000)
Cote d’Ivoire midfielder Yaya Toure is the highest paid African footballer in world football. The midfielder joined Manchester City in 2010 as one of the megastars and was given a massive contract which was later improved to £230,000 per week.
The contract ran out last summer before he extended it by just a year.
2. Odion Ighalo (£200, 000)
Nigerian striker Odion Ighalo earns £200,000 making him the second highest paid African player in world football. He got the massive contract when he joined Chinese Super League side Changchun Yatai from Watford in January 2017.
3. Samuel Eto’o (£170,000)
Cameroonian legend Samuel Eto’o was one time the world best-paid player, earning £350,000 per week as an Anzhi Makhachkala player between 2011 and 2013.
The 36-year-old is now third on the list with a weekly pay of £170,000 at Turkish side Antalyaspor.
4. John Mikel Obi (£140,000)
Nigerian midfielder John Mikel Obi joined Africa’s top earners when he made the move from Chelsea to Chinese Super League side (CSL) Tianjin TEDA in January 2017.
Mikel is now captain of the club where he earns £140,000 weekly.
5. Victor Moses (£110,000)
An improved performance for Chelsea saw him get an improved contract worth £110,000 per week. Moses was on £50,000 but a contract extension until 2021 which he signed in March 2017 doubled his weekly pay.
6. Asamoah Gyan (£100,000)
Asamoah Gyan was the highest paid African player until July 2017 when he joined Turkish side Kayserispor from Chinese Super League (CSL) side Shanghai SIPG.
At Shanghai SIPG, Gyan was earning £227,000 weekly making him one of the best world’s best-paid players.
7. Obafemi Martins (£100,000)
Former Super Eagles striker Obafemi Martins joined Chinese Super League (CSL) side Shanghai Shenhua in February 2016 from MLS side Seattle Sounders. He has been raking in £100,000 weekly since he joined the Chinese club.
8. Mohamed Salah (£90,000)
The Egyptian joined the big earners following his move from Roma to Liverpool in the summer of 2017. The forward signed a five-year contract with Liverpool worth £90,000.
9. Sadio Mane (£90,000)
Mane has been on the list since his 2016 summer move from Southampton to Liverpool. The Senegalese rightly deserves his £90,000 being one of the most influential players at Liverpool.
10. Kelechi Iheanacho (£70,000)
Despite taking a pay-cut to join Leicester City in the summer of 2017, Kelechi Iheanacho still remains one of the best African players with a weekly wage of £70, 000.
He was earning £85,000 per week at his former side Manchester City before he made the move to Leicester.