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Highest paid African footballers

By Guardian Nigeria
07 July 2022   |   2:03 am
There has been a significant shift in the paid ranks of European football in the past few weeks, as far as African players are concerned.

Liverpool’s Egyptian midfielder Mohamed Salah celebrates after scoring his team fourth goal during the English Premier League football match between Liverpool and Manchester United at Anfield in Liverpool, north west England on April 19, 2022. (Photo by Oli SCARFF / AFP)

There has been a significant shift in the paid ranks of European football in the past few weeks, as far as African players are concerned. Senegalese star Sadio Mane moved to Bayern Munich recently and the deal came with a bumper pay as he stepped into a new adventure with Bavarians.

Hot on the heels of Sadio Mane’s departure from Liverpool, Mohamed Salah, another top African star, put pen to paper on a long-term deal to secure his future at the Reds. These two moves were money – spinning, and we will see just how they shift the power base as far as high earning Africans is concerned.
So who are the top paid African footballers?

Mohamed Salah: The Egyptian forward bagged yet another top scorer’s accolade with Liverpool last season – a shared one with Son Heung-min. Immediately afterwards, there was talk of his imminent departure, but that is no more. He has just signed a deal that will see him take home £350,000 a week, making him the best paid African player out there. This deal also makes Salah the highest ever earner at Liverpool, and perhaps an incentive for him to go for another Golden Boot.

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Sadio Mane:
Mane temporarily sat on top of the roster as Africa’s highest paid player upon his move to Bayern Munich. His salary increased two-fold with the move, to see him earn £250,000 a week, but with Salah signing a new deal at Liverpool, he was toppled to second place.

Thomas Partey: Pierre Emerick Aubameyang’s departure from the Emirates left Partey as the top earner at Arsenal. Pocketing £200,000 a week at the London club makes him the third highest earning African player.

Riyad Mahrez: Partey is not alone in the £200,000 salary cap; he has company, in the shape of Riyad Mahrez of Manchester Ci. The Algerian is on a £200,000 a week pay at the Premier League champions, placing him joint third with Ghanaian Thomas Partey.

Andre Ayew: The only player in this list and not based in Europe is Andre Ayew, Thomas Partey’s international team mate. Ayew, a former Swansea City forward, is currently plying his trade in the gulf, with Al Sadd of Qatar, where he pockets £180,000 a week, wrapping up the top five best paid.

Achraf Hakimi: Moroccan Achraf Hakimi is the only defender in this pool of high earners. His move from Inter Milan to PSG at the start of last season came with a substantial pay rise. He currently pockets a cool £176,000 per week. This gives the defender a place as the sixth best paid African player.