Sports News of Saturday, 19 December 2015
Michael Essien and Sulley Muntari are the only Ghanaian players named among the latest top 10 richest African footballers list with Samuel Eto’o named at the top of the list while Asamoah Gyan has been left out.
Shockingly the list doesn’t include Asamoah Gyan, Africa’s highest paid footballer following his $350,000 per week earning with Chinese giants Shanghai SIPG.
French media company Footendirect conducted the research into the earnings and investments of the players before reaching its conclusion of the richest African footballers globally.
Greece-based Essien is said to be worth $60m following his stay with Chelsea, Real Madrid, AC Milan and now Panathinaikos which puts him at the sixth position.
Muntari, who is currently based in Saudi Arabia, was ranked the 10th richest among African footballer with $40m following his days with Inter Milan, AC Milan and now Saudi Arabian side Al Ittihad.
Samuel Eto’o leads the list of richest African footballers with investments in the telecommunications and real estate industries as well as food and restaurant chains in Spain and Italy.
He is said to be worth a staggering $202 million
Four-time African Footballer of the Year Yaya Toure lies in second position with $170 million while his compatriot Didier Drogba is third at $155 million.
But the research’s decision to leave Asamoah Gyan out of the list will cast a huge doubt over the authenticity of the list.
Africa’s top 10 richest footballers
Samuel Eto’o (Antalyaspor): $202 million
Yaya Touré (Manchester City): $170 million
Didier Drogba (Montreal): $155 million
Jay-Jay Okocha (: $150 million
Nwankwo Kanu: $100 million
Mickaël Essien (Panathinaïkos): $70 million
Emmanuel Adebayor (Free Agent): $57 million
Obi Mikel (Chelsea): $50 million
Kolo Touré (Liverpool): $43 million
Sulley Muntari (Al-Ittihad): $40 million