Top 10 highest paid African footballers in 2022. Who are the top 10 highest-paid African footballers in 2022?
Gone are the days when African footballers were not recognized, under-appreciated and noteless. Today, the players of African descent have been mainstay dominating and influencing the tides of football powers in their different Leagues.
With the sporadic rise of the African footballers in recent years, the weekly wages of African footballers has also been on a rise. The numbers have hit surreal heights and the trend does not seem to be slowing down but who earns the most money?
Using figures collected by Spotrac, L’equipe and a variety of official sources to boost our accuracy, Sportcruz answers this question by checking out the top 10 highest-paid African footballers in 2022.
Top 10 highest-paid African footballers in 2022.
1. Sadio Mane 🇸🇳 (£250,000 per week)
A significant increase in club wages has brought the Senegal international to the top of the highest paid African footballers in 2022.
Sadio Mane has today completed a permanent move to @FCBayern after six brilliant seasons with the Reds.
He departs as a Liverpool legend ❤️
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) June 22, 2022
After six years at Anfield under the tutelage of Jurgen Klopp, Sadio Mane joined German Champions Bayern Munich on a three-year deal after Liverpool accepted a bid worth up to £35.1m for the Senegal international.
According to the Mirror, he will earn £250,000-per-week at the club. That is a huge pay-rise for Mane, who was earning ‘just’ £100,000-per-week at Liverpool
2. Archaf Hakimi 🇲🇦 (208,000 per week)
Achraf Hakimi joined Paris Saint-Germain from Inter Milan on a five-year contract in the summer of 2021 for an initial €60m (£51.3m) plus up to €11m in add-ons.
At only 23 years of age, Hakimi has established himself as one of the most complete wing-backs in the world.
The Moroccan International pockets £208k per week according to the latest reports by French newspapers L’Equipe, making him the second-highest paid defender at the club.
3. Mohamed Salah 🇪🇬 (£200,000 per week)
Next on the list is former Mane’s teammate Mohammed Salah.
Mohamed Salah is undoubtedly the best player player in the Premier League right now, which is evident having won the PFA Players’ Player of the Year, the Golden boot, and the playmarker award of the year.
The 30-year-old pockets £200,000-a-week, making him the second highest earner at Liverpool along with Thiago Alcantara.
Salah’s contract runs until 2023, but the two parties have yet to reach an agreement on a new deal as the Egypt international’s salary demands are reportedly considered to be high around £400k per week.
4.Thomas Partey 🇬🇭 (£200K per week)
Thomas Partey joined the North London outfit in 2019 after Arsenal paid Atlético Madrid £45m to obtain his services from the Spanish club.
The Ghanaian international – who scored the goal to take his country to Qatar – earns a weekly salary of £200,000 at the Emirates Stadium.
5. Dede Ayew 🇬🇭 (£180K per week)
A surprise inclusion on this list is Dede Ayew, who follows his Ghanaian teammate Thomas Partey.
André Morgan Rami Ayew also known as Dede Ayew in Ghana, is a professional footballer who plays as a winger for Qatar Stars League club Al Sadd and captains the Ghana national team.
After seeing out his deal with Swansea City in 2021, the Ghanaian signed a three years deal with Qatari side Al Saad on a bumber $220k (£180) per week.
6. Nicolas Pepe 🇨🇮 (£140,000 per week)
Nicolas joined Arsenal for a club-record fee of £72m in 2019 from Lille, making him the most expensive African player in football history.
The Ivorain winger earns £140,000-a-week and £7.28 million per year from the six-year contract he signed at Arsenal in 2018.
He has made over 100 appearances for Arsenal and was pivotal in their FA Cup triumph in 2020.
7. Wilfried Zaha 🇨🇮 (£130,000 per week)
Sitting in seventh amongst the top 10 highest-paid African footballers in 2022 is Crystal Palace talisman Wilfried Zaha.
The Ivory Coast international became Crystal Palace’s best-paid star by signing a five-year contract extension in 2018, earning him £130,000-per-week.
Despite links to clubs such as Arsenal and Paris Saint-Germain in recent years, Zaha has stayed put at Selhurst Park since his return from a disappointing spell at Manchester United in 2014.
8. Riyad Mahrez 🇩🇿 (£120K per week
Riyad Mahrez has become a household name in the Premier League ever since moving to the League in 2014, firing both Leicester and Manchester City( thrice) to the coveted Premier League title.
The 27-year old joined joined Manchester City from Leicester for a club record fee of £60m in 2018- signing a five-year deal to become the Blues’ first recruit since they won the Premier League in 2017.
Mahrez’s contract at Manchester City runs until June 2023.
9. Naby Keita 🇬🇳 (£120,000 per week)
Liverpool nabbed Nabby Kieta from Rb Leipzig in 2018 for a fee of £53m.
The Guinea international signed a four years deal which sees him earn a sweet £120,000-per-week.
A series of recurring injury problems have limited Keita’s game time to just 116 appearances in all competitions. That said, he did enough to help the Reds win-it-all.
10. Victor Osimhen 🇳🇬 (112,000 per week)
Super Eagles star Victor Osimhen joined Napoli for what initially thought to be €81m, but was later revealed to be around €70m according to the Lille CEO.
Still, the Nigerian international earns a lucrative sum of around £112,000 per week according to data from Salary sport.
Osimhen is arguably one of the finest strikers in the world right now attracting interests from the Premier League sides Arsenal and Manchester United, and also from the German champions Bayern Munich.
A surprise exclusion from this list- the top 10 highest-paid African footballers in 2022 – is former Arsenal striker Pierre Aubameyang who takes massive pay cut to join Barcelona.
It’s reported that Aubameyang now takes home £80,000 per week at his new club, which would mean he has taken a huge pay cut of £270,000 per week from his previous eye-watering Arsenal contract.
The Breakdown of Aubameyang Barcelona’s salary.
According to finance expert Dr Rob Wilson, Barca were told they had €2.5million remaining in their La Liga cap, which was drastically reduced last summer.
And Aubameyang agreed to take the €2.5million over the next six months as part of his contract, which runs until 2025 with the option of cancelling the deal in 2023.
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