Top 10 Highest Earning African Footballers



African Footballers– In the fast-paced world of professional football, African players have made an undeniable impact, mesmerizing fans worldwide with their extraordinary talents and unwavering passion for the sport.

As football continues to evolve, so does the financial landscape, with players commanding staggering salaries that mirror their immense skill and market value. The 2023 summer transfer window witnessed notable changes in wages for various footballers, particularly those who moved to the Saudi pro league and other prestigious leagues.

In this article, we explore the realm of wealth and success to unveil the top 10 highest-paid African footballers in 2023 and their weekly salaries.

Kalidou Koulibaly: (Al Hilal) – £500,000

The captain of the Senegal national team, Kalidou Koulibaly, completed a remarkable £20 million move from Chelsea to Saudi Arabia’s Al Hilal. After just one season with Chelsea, the former Napoli defender secured the title of the highest-paid African footballer through an extraordinary contract with Al Hilal.

Valued at 30 million euros per year, net, and spanning a three-year duration, this deal surpasses Koulibaly’s previous financial prospects while playing for Napoli. His time in the Premier League was challenging, with Chelsea concluding the season in 12th place.

Kalidou Koulibaly – African footballers

Mohamed Salah: (Liverpool) – £350,000

Egyptian forward Mohamed Salah, a standout player for Liverpool, has solidified his position as one of the world’s finest footballers. After an exceptional debut season with Liverpool, where he scored an impressive 43 goals for the team, Salah signed a contract extension in 2022, keeping him at the club until 2028.

With this new deal, Salah becomes the highest-paid player at Liverpool, earning a staggering £350,000 per week, placing him among the top earners in the esteemed Premier League and the second-highest earning footballer overall.

Mohamed Salah

Sadio Mane (Bayern Munich) – £250,000

Sadio Mane, often considered one of Africa’s premier talents, has been a force to be reckoned with on the football pitch. In the summer of 2022, he made a significant move from Liverpool to Bayern Munich for a fee of £35 million.

During his tenure at Liverpool, Mane showcased his prowess, scoring an impressive tally of 120 goals in 269 appearances. At Bayern Munich, Mane’s annual earnings are estimated at £17 million, positioning him among the highest-paid players in the prestigious Bundesliga.

Sadio Mane

Edouard Mendy: (Al-Ahli) – £230,000

In June 2023, 31-year-old Senegalese goalkeeper Edouard Mendy completed a transfer from Chelsea to Al-Ahli in Saudi Arabia. The exact amount of the transfer is believed to be between 18 and 20 million euros.

At his new club, Mendy is set to earn an estimated annual salary of 11 million euros, with an additional 3 million euros in potential bonuses. This represents a significant increase compared to his previous salary at Chelsea, where he earned approximately 4.5 million euros per year, which is roughly one-third of his current earnings.

Edouard Mendy

Thomas Partey (Arsenal) – £200,000

Ghanaian sensation Thomas Partey joined Arsenal from Atletico Madrid in the summer of 2020, signing a four-year deal with the possibility of an extension. The skilled midfielder’s weekly salary exceeds £200,000, which includes additional bonuses.

Thomas Partey

Riyad Mahrez (Manchester City) – £200,000

Algerian midfield maestro Riyad Mahrez made a notable move to Manchester City from Leicester City, signing a lucrative five-year contract. Mahrez extended his contract with the Citizens until 2025, earning £200,000 per week.

He has consistently demonstrated exceptional skills, solidifying his position as one of the most outstanding players on the African continent.

Riyad Mahrez

Sebastien Haller (Borussia Dortmund) – £180,000

Ivorian talent Sebastien Haller joined Borussia Dortmund from Ajax for a fee of £26 million. Haller’s remarkable performance in the 2021/22 season, where he scored an impressive 34 goals in 42 appearances, caught the attention of numerous clubs.

The 28-year-old forward sealed a four-year deal with Borussia Dortmund, committing himself to the Bundesliga outfit until 2026.

Sebastien Haller

Achraf Hakimi (PSG) – £160,000

Moroccan defender Achraf Hakimi completed a move from Inter to PSG after an outstanding season with the Italian giants. The Parisians agreed to pay an initial fee of $71 million to Inter, with an additional $9 million in achievable add-ons and a further $4 million in potential bonuses.

Hakimi currently enjoys a weekly wage of £160,000, placing him among the highest-earning defenders in the world today.

Achraf Hakimi

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Chelsea) – £160,000

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, once among the highest-paid footballers in the Premier League during his tenure at Arsenal (earning £350,000), secured a return to England following his departure from FC Barcelona in the summer of 2022.

Chelsea acquired Aubameyang’s services for a fee of £13.2 million, and he signed a two-year contract. Aubameyang has since left the club for Olympique Marseille in search of regular playing time.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

Franck Yannick Kessie (Barcelona)– £150,000

Dynamic box-to-box midfielder Franck Yannick Kessie played a pivotal role in AC Milan’s triumphant Serie A campaign in the 2021/22 season, helping the Rossoneri secure the Serie A title by surpassing their arch-rivals Inter.

He completed a £6.5 million a season free transfer switch to La Liga giants Barcelona, where he won the league title in his first season.

Franck Kessie

These top 10 highest-paid African footballers in 2023 have not only set new standards for success on the field but have also broken financial barriers, reflecting the global appeal and recognition of their talent.

As they continue to excel in their respective clubs and leagues, they serve as an inspiration to aspiring young footballers across the African continent and beyond.

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