Andre Ayew breaks into highest paid African football stars in 2017

Sports News of Saturday, 2 December 2017

Source: Ghanasportsonline.com

2017-12-02

Andre Dede Ayew

Andre Ayew has nicked his way into the list of highest paid African footballers in the World.

The West Ham United star was named among a list of 20 players described as the top earning African Footballers in the World.

The list had already included Ghana captain Asamoah Gyan who is said to be paid $250,000 as his weekly wage.

Also in the list saw Ivorian and Manchester City ace Yaya Toure, Gabon’s Pierre Emerick Aubameyang, reigning African Footballer of the year Riyadh Mahrez, Mohamed Salah of Egypt and Senegalese Sadio Mane.

Nigeria attacker Obefemi Martins, Winfred Zaha, Gervinho, Stephan Mbia, Demba, Mehdi Benatia, Yannick Bolasie, Victor Moses and Eric Bailly all made the cut.

BELOW ARE THE LIST OF HIGHEST PAID AFRICAN FOOTBALL STARS IN THE WORLD IN 2017

1. Yaya Toure

Weekly wage: $330,000

Country: Ivory Coast

Club: Manchester City

Position: Central Midfielder

2 . Pierre Emerick Aubameyang

Weekly wage: $227,000

Country: Gabon

Club: Borussia Dortmund

Position: Striker

3. Gervinho

Weekly wage: $221,000

Country: Ivory Coast

Club: Hebei China Fortune

Position: Striker

4. Mohammed Salah

Weekly wages: $160,000

Country: Egypt

Club: Liverpool

Position: Winger

5. Wilfried Zaha

Weekly wages: $147,000

Country: Ivory Coast

Club: Crystal Palace

Position: Winger

6. Stephane Mbia

Weekly wage: $144,000

Country: Cameroon

Club: Hebei China Fortune

Position: Defensive Midfield

7. Demba Ba

Weekly wages: $139,000 / $1.9 million

Country: Senegal

Club: Shanghai Shenhua

Position: Striker

8. Riyadh Mahrez

Weekly wages: $134,000

Country: Algeria

Club: Leicester City

Position: Winger

b>9. Obafemi Martins

Weekly wages: $133,000

Country: Nigeria

Club: Shanghai Shenhua

Position: Striker

10. Sadio Mane

Weekly wages: $120,000

Country: Senegal

Club: Liverpool

Position: Striker

11. Serge Aurier

Weekly wages: $116,000

Country: Ivory Coast

Club: Tottenham Hotspur

Position: Right-back

12. Mehdi Benatia

Weekly wages: $107,000

Country: Morocco

Club: Juventus

Position: Centre-back

12. Andre Ayew

Weekly wages: $107,000

Country: Ghana

Club: West Ham United

Position: Striker

12. Yannick Bolasie

Weekly wages: $107,000

Country: Democratic Republic of Congo

Club: Everton

Position: Winger

15. Victor Moses

Weekly wages: $100,000

Country: Nigeria

Club: Chelsea

Position: Left-back, right-back, winger

15. Eric Bailly

Weekly wages: $100,000

Country: Ivory Coast

Club: Manchester United

Position: Centre-back

17. Joel Matip/b>

Weekly wages: $93,000

Country: Cameroon

Club: Liverpool

Position: Centre-back

18. Ahmed Musa

Weekly wages: $80,000

Country: Nigeria

Club: Leicester City

Position: Striker

19. Nabi Kieta

RB Leipzig’s commanding defensive midfielder was snapped-up by Liverpool in the last transfer window, but the African Footballer of the Year nominee won’t actually join the reds until next season.

When the Guinean does make his way to Anfield, he’ll be earning between $133,000 – $266,000 a week. Wow.

20. Asamoah Gyan

Less than 12 months ago, he was raking in $301,000 a week – more than R4 million. He would have been second in the list of highest paid African footballers. Now, Gyan has always been a money-chaser, but 2017 was the year that he could no longer justify his gargantuan wages.

A public falling out with his former club Shanghai Shenhua saw him farmed out on loan to Dubai’s Al-Ahli, and then sent packing to Turkish mid-table dwellers Kayserispor. He now makes a yearly salary of $669,000, at $12,000-a-week. And this is what Asamoah is calling a tough time, eh?

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