Gone are the days when African players are sparingly used or only used as substitutes in their respective clubs. Today, Africa is not left out when it comes to football talents. Players from the continent are making waves around the world. Big clubs are now coughing out a huge amount to sign talented African players. Sadio Mane and Mohammed Salah were instrumental to Liverpool winning the UEFA Champions League last season.
We, therefore look at the five highest-paid African players.
1. Mohammed Salah – Liverpool (£200,000)
The Egyptian deserves every accolade he can get. He is a very important player for Jurgen Klopp’s side. He has contributed in no small measure towards Liverpool success since he arrived three seasons ago. He is currently the highest-paid African player. He was named the African Footballer of the Year for 2018. He also became the first African to score 30 goals in a Premier League season in his first season at Anfield. Salah is currently on £200,000 per week at Liverpool. The Egyptian forward is not just one of the best wingers in the world, he is also one the best players in the English Premier League currently
2. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – Arsenal (£200,000)
Aubameyang joined the Premier League side from Borussia Dortmund in 2018. He signed a deal worth £56 million. This made him one of the top-earning Africans in Europe. He has scored 48 goals and assisted another 12 in 72 games across all competitions. Aubameyang reportedly earns about £200,000 weekly at Arsenal.
The Gabonese forward has been a consistent performer for the Gunners, and is deserving of his high wages.
3. Odion Ighalo – Shanghai Greenland Shenhua (£190,000)
Ighalo is among the highest-paid player in the Chinese Super League. His big-money move to China in 2017 put him among top earners in football. He is currently the highest-paid Nigeria player. He played for Changum Yatai before reuniting with former coach Quique Sanchez Flores at Shanghai this year. He earns £190,000 in a week.
Ighalo who was finished as topscorer in the 2019 AFCON in Egypt, is a contender for the CAF Best Player award.
4. Sadio Mane – Liverpool (£150,000)
Sadio Mane is a top player for Liverpool. He formed an excellent attacking partnership with Salah and Roberto Firmino. His goals and assists have helped to challenge for honours on all fronts. He is on a salary of £150,000 a week in Liverpool. Sadio has been in spectacular form this season for Liverpool. According to Soccer Betting Odds, the Senegalese winger is in pole position to win the CAF African Player of the Year award.
5. John Mikel Obi – Trabzonspor (£140,000)
Mikel Obi is the second Nigerian and the fifth highest-paid African footballer. He won every major trophy with Chelsea in England before moving to the Chinese Super League. He returned to Europe and joined Trabzonspor where he is also among the top earners.