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Top 10 – Richest African Football Players – 2017

5. Emmanuel Adebayor – Net Worth – $57 Million

Emmanuel Adebayor - Top 10 Richest African Players

The all-time top scorer from Togo is one of the richest African footballers and has benefitted from numerous lucrative contracts at the richest clubs in England.

Emmanuel Adebayor plays as a striker for the Turkish club Istanbul Basaksehir. He has played for Manchester City, Arsenal, Crystal Palace and Tottenham Hotspur in the past. In 2008, while playing as a member of Arsenal, the talented player was voted as the African Footballer of the Year. He is currently the all-time top goalscorer of Togo with 31 goals.

While at Manchester City, Adebayor got a salary of $268,000 per week. The player is known to have indulged in charity causes. He has initiated many projects in Togo and across Africa and the SEA foundation that implements different welfare projects across the continent. Emmanuel Adebayor is one of the greatest footballers in the world with a net worth of about $57 Million.

4. Michael Essien – Net Worth – $70 Million

 richest african players - Michael Essien

Ghanaian professional midfielder, Michael Essien. Born in 1982, this physically strong player has played for the Ghana National Team over 50 times. He is popular for his ability to energetically support defensive and offensive play and for his tough and powerful tackling play style that has earned him the nickname of ‘The Bison’. In his football career, Michael Essien has represented various FC clubs including Lyon, Chelsea, Real Madrid and others and he is currently representing Free Agent club.

Being one of the highest paid football players, the estimated net worth of Essien stands at US $70 Million. He has represented his country thrice in African Cup of Nations. He has also represented Ghana at the three FIFA World Cups. Essien gave an exceptional performance at the 2001 FIFA World Youth Championship with the Black Satellites where the team secured runners-up position. He captured the attention of many and gained popularity as the rising star in international football.