Forbes African Richest Footballer 2020 Odion Ighalo Is Among

Overview Of: Forbes African Richest Footballer 2020 Odion Ighalo Is Among


Africa is the world’s second-largest and second-most populous continent, after Asia. At about 30.3 million km² including adjacent islands, it covers 6% of Earth’s total surface area and 20% of its land area. With 1.3 billion people as of 2018, it accounts for about 16% of the world’s human population. 

Football is well acknowledged as the most popular sport in the world. Millions of people play and follow the game regularly and when the football world cup comes around every four years, over a billion viewers tune in to watch. This shows how massive this sport is. The players obviously enjoy fat pay due to the massive following the game enjoys.

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.

10. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

Net Worth: $20 million

Pierre-Emerick Emiliano François Aubameyang is a professional footballer who plays as a forward and is the captain of both English Premier League club Arsenal and the Gabon national team. He is considered to be one of the best strikers in the world, known for his pace, finishing, and off-ball movement. 

Born in Laval, Aubameyang began his senior career at Serie A club Milan, eventually being promoted to the first team in 2008 after impressing as a member of the club’s youth setup. However, he never featured for Milan, and instead, began a series of loan spells in France. His loan move to Ligue 1 team Saint-Étienne was made the transfer permanent in 2011.

During his time at the club, Aubameyang helped the club win the 2012/13 Coupe de la Ligue and was honored in the Ligue 1 Team of the Year. Aubameyang joined Bundesliga club Borussia Dortmund in 2013, where finished as the league’s top goalscorer in the 2016/17season and won the DFB-Pokal title.

He also became the club’s sixth all-time top goalscorer. In 2018, Aubameyang signed for English team Arsenal in a deal worth £56 million (€64 million), making him the most expensive Gabonese player of all time. In his first full season in England, he won the Premier League Golden Boot (shared with Sadio Mané and Mohamed Salah).

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

Odion Jude Ighalo is a Nigerian professional footballer who plays as a striker for English Premier League club Manchester United, on loan from Shanghai Greenland Shenhua of the Chinese Super League. After starting his career at Nigerian clubs Prime and Julius Berger, Ighalo moved to Norwegian club Lyn in 2007.

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

Asamoah Gyan is a Ghanaian professional footballer who plays as a striker for Ghana national football team and is the former captain of the Ghanaian national team. 

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

Michael Kojo Essien is a Ghanaian professional footballer who plays for Sabail in the Azerbaijan Premier League, as a midfielder. He has also been capped for the Ghana national team more than 50 times. Essien started his career playing for Liberty Professionals in Ghana. 

Essien started his career playing for Liberty Professionals in Ghana. In 2000, he moved to France to join Bastia, where he would spend three seasons and appear in over 60 matches before joining Ligue 1 title holders Lyon in 2003. At Lyon, Essien won back-to-back league titles in 2003/04 and 2004/05, and won Ligue 1 Player of the Year in 2005.

During his five-year stint in France, he acquired French citizenship. In 2005, Essien signed with Premier League side Chelsea for a £24.4 million transfer fee and, at the time of his signing, was the most expensive African footballer in history. At Chelsea, Essien helped the club win the Premier League in 2006 and 2010, as well as three FA Cups and one League Cup.

He won the UEFA Champions League in 2012, while also placing as runner up in the 2008 UEFA Champions League. He has won the Chelsea Goal of the Season award twice, in the 2006–07 and 2008–09 seasons.

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

John Obi Mikel is a Nigerian professional footballer who plays as a defensive midfielder. Mikel began his career with local club Plateau United, before joining Norwegian club Lyn at the age of 17 in 2004.

Mikel began his career with local club Plateau United, before joining Norwegian club Lyn at the age of 17 in 2004. In 2006, he made a controversial transfer to English club Chelsea after Manchester United claimed they had already signed him.

He stayed with Chelsea for 11 years, before moving to China with Tianjin TEDA in 2017. After two years in China, he returned to England on a short-term deal with Middlesbrough, before joining Trabzonspor on a free transfer in July 2019. In a 14-year international career between 2005 and 2019, he played 88 times for Nigeria, scoring six goals.

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

Sheyi Emmanuel Adebayor is a Togolese professional footballer who plays as a striker for Paraguayan Club Olimpia.

He previously played for English clubs Arsenal, Manchester City, Tottenham Hotspur and Crystal Palace, as well as French side Metz, Monégasque team Monaco, Spanish team Real Madrid, and Turkish clubs İstanbul Başakşehir and Kayserispor. He was voted African Footballer of the Year for 2008 while playing at Arsenal.

Adebayor represented the Togo national team at the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany, the country’s debut, and to date only, appearance at the World Cup. In January 2010, Adebayor was one of the players involved when the Togo team’s bus came under gunfire on the way to the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations in Angola, after which he retired from national team duty.

In 2013, he returned to the Togo team for the 2013 African Cup of Nations in South Africa, where he helped them to qualify for the quarter-finals. He is currently Togo’s all-time top goalscorer with 32 goals.

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

Mohamed Salah Hamed Mahrous Ghaly is an Egyptian professional footballer who plays as a forward for Premier League club Liverpool and the Egypt national team. Considered one of the best players in the world, he is known for his finishing, dribbling, and speed.

Salah started his senior career with Egyptian club El Mokawloon, departing shortly thereafter to join Swiss side Basel for an undisclosed fee. In Switzerland, his performances attracted Premier League side Chelsea, who signed him for in 2014.

However, he was used sparingly in his debut season and was allowed to leave on loan to Serie A clubs Fiorentina and Roma, with the latter eventually signing him permanently for €15 million. Following his role in helping Roma to a second-placed finish and a club record points-tally in 2017, Salah returned to the Premier League to sign for Liverpool for a then club-record fee of £36.9 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

Gnégnéri Yaya Touré is an Ivorian professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Chinese Super League club Qingdao Huanghai. Touré aspired to be a striker during his youth and has played centre-back, including for Barcelona in the 2009 UEFA Champions League Final. 

Touré began his playing career at Ivorian club ASEC Mimosas, where he made his debut at age 18. His performances attracted attention from Europe. He had stints with Beveren, Metalurh Donetsk, Olympiacos and Monaco before moving to Barcelona in 2007. He played over 100 matches for the club and was part of the historic 2009 Barcelona side that won six trophies in a calendar year.

In 2010, Touré moved to Premier League club Manchester City, where he scored a number of key goals, most notably the only goals in the 2011 FA Cup semi-final and final. He also helped City earn their first league title in 44 years.

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

Didier Yves Drogba Tébily is an Ivorian retired professional footballer who played as a striker. He is the all-time top scorer and former captain of the Ivory Coast national team. 

He is best known for his career at Chelsea, for whom he has scored more goals than any other foreign player and is currently the club’s fourth highest goal scorer of all time. Widely regarded as one of Chelsea’s greatest players, Drogba was named in the Chelsea team of the 2010–2020 decade by Chelsea’s fans. He was named African Footballer of the Year twice, winning the accolade in 2006 and 2009.

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

Samuel Eto’o Fils (born 10 March 1981) is a Cameroonian retired professional footballer who played as a striker. In his prime, Eto’o was regarded by pundits as one of the best strikers in the world, and he is regarded as one of the greatest African players of all time, winning the African Player of the Year a record four times: in 2003, 2004, 2005, and 2010.

A precocious talent, Eto’o moved to Real Madrid as a 16 year old. Due to competition in his position with more experienced players, he had several loan spells, before signing for Mallorca in 2000 where he scored 70 goals. His impressive form saw him join Barcelona in 2004 where he scored 130 goals in five seasons and also became the record holder for the most number of appearances by an African player in La Liga.

Winning La Liga three times, he was a key member of the Barcelona attack, alongside Ronaldinho, that won the 2006 UEFA Champions League Final, with Eto’o scoring in the final, and was part of a front three of Lionel Messi and Thierry Henry that won the 2009 UEFA Champions League Final, with Eto’o again scoring in the final.

He is the second player in history to score in two UEFA Champions League finals. At Barcelona, Eto’o came in third for the FIFA World Player of the Year in 2005 and was twice named in the FIFA FIFPro World XI, in 2005 and 2006.

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.

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