While most of the people use their legs just for walking, some are using them for making huge amount of money. We all know that soccer is a very famous game around the globe so the number of fans that these soccer players have attracts many big companies towards them. These companies pay millions to these star for just endorsing their products. Globally stars like David Beckham, Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi are the highest earning footballers but Africa has also produced some of the best football players known in history and these footballers are also earning millions of dollars.So below is the list of Africa’s highest paid football players:
1. Samuel Eto’o
Samuel Eto’o is at the top of our list after his transfer from Barcelona FC to Russian club FC Anzhi Makhachkala.The Cameroonian striker is a four-time African Player of the Year award winner. He had scored over 100 goals while playing for Barcelona FC.He is earning £350,000 per week under his current contract.
2. Yaya Toure
Yaya Toure is an Ivorian footballer who plays primarily as a midfielder for the Premier League club Manchester City. Toure is renowned for combining great vision, passing ability, and physical power with technique. He left Barcelona to join his elder brother Kolo at Manchester City. Toure is earning around 15 million annually.
3. Didier Drogba
Didier Drogba is one of the best strikers in the world. He is the fourth highest goal scorer of all time for Chelsea.In October 2012, he was voted by Chelsea supporters as the club’s greatest ever player.In the summer of 2004 Drogba moved to Chelsea for a club record fee of £24 million, making him the most expensive Ivorian player in history. He is currently earning 13 million each year.
4. Seydou Keita
Seydou Keita is a Malian professional footballer who plays for Dalian Aerbin F.C. in the Chinese Super League and earns about 12 Million each year. Keita made his debut for Mali in 2000 and has so far represented the country in six African Cup of Nations tournaments.
5. Emmanuel Adebayor
Born in Togo, the Manchester City striker started his career playing for local club. In July 2009 he left Arsenal and signed a five-year contract with Manchester City, for a transfer fee of $40 million. He is also endorser for many brands and earns 10 Million annually.
6. Frederic Kanoute
Frederic Kanoute is a professional footballer who plays for Chinese Super League side Beijing Guoan. Kanoute was named the African Footballer of the Year in 2007 he is the first ever player born outside Africa to win this award. His earnings are around 6.5 million annually after his retirement from International football in 2010.
7. Kolo Toure
Kolo Toure is also an Ivorian footballer who plays for Liverpool as a central defender. He has also played for Manchester City and Arsenal in past years and is the elder brother of Manchester City’s Yaya Toure. Earning 6 million each year, Toure is still a good choice for sponsors.
8. Christopher Samba
Christopher Samba is a French born footballer who plays as a defender for Anzhi Makhachkala in the Russian Premier League and internationally for the Republic of the Congo national football team. With a successful career this guy is earning 5.5 million annually.
9. Michael Essien
Michael Essien is also an Chelsea player and the member of Ghana National football team. He is a midfielder but can also play as a defender. In 2005, he signed with Chelsea for a $38 million fee, making him the most expensive African footballer at the time. He is often referred to as “The Bison” for his tough tackling style, boundless energy and physical presence on the pitch and along with this title he is earning 5 million each year.
10. Mikel John Obi
The 24 year-old Nigerian midfielder is the highest paid soccer player from Nigeria.Mikel John Obi is a Nigerian footballer, who plays as a midfielder for English club Chelsea and the Nigeria national team.He is earning a total of 4.5 million through matches and endorsements.