Top 10 Highest Paid African Footballers 2023

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Football is by far the most popular sport globally. Like other continents, Africa hasn't been left behind in producing some of Football best players. Apart from representing their countries these players, have joined various top clubs where they earn handsomely.

Without further ado here are the highest paid African footballers in 2023.

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1. Mohamed Salah - £350,000

The Liverpool and Egypt forward has been one of best players worldwide in recent times. 

Following a stellar first season with Liverpool where he scored 43 goals for the reds, he extended his contract where he would earn £200,000 a week.

His recent contract extension at Anfield made him the highest paid player at the club. He now earns a whooping £350,000 per week, which makes him one of the best paid players in the Premier League.


2. Kalidou Koulibaly - £295,000

The Senegalese joined Chelsea from Napoli in the summer of 2022 for a fee of £41.8 million. He signed a four-year contract worth £61.36 million at the Stamford Bridge

The 31-year-old had joined Napoli in 2014 from Genk. The centre-back was instrumental for Napoli during his 8-year stay and at some point, being recognised as one of the best defenders on the planet.

3. Sadio Mane - £250,000

Sadio Mane is undoubtedly one of Africa's best players at the moment. 

He recently joined Bayern Munich from Liverpool for a fee of £35m. Mane scored 120 goals in 269 appearances for the Reds. He will be tied to a 3-year-contract at Allianz Arena. 

German tabloid newspaper, Bild, claims Mane will earn £17million-a-year, making him one of the highest paid players in the Bundesliga.

Mane previously played for Southampton and Red bull Salzburg.

4.Thomas Partey - £200,000

The Ghanaian Joined Arsenal from Atletico Madrid in the summer of 2020, signing a four-year deal with an option to extend the contract. 

His weekly salary is above £200,000 which also constitutes of bonuses.

5. Riyad Mahrez - £200,000

The Algerian joined Manchester city last year in the summer from Leicester city signing a 5-year deal. The midfielder has been one of the continents best players for a while now.

6. Sébastien Haller - £180,000 

Borussia Dortmund paid £26 million to secure the services of the Ivorian from Ajax. Haller had enjoyed a stellar 2021/22 season where he scored 34 goals in 42 appearances.

The 28-year-old signed a four-year contract with the Bundesliga outfit, tying him with the side until 2026.

7. Achraf Hakimi - £160,000

The Moroccan joined PSG from Inter, after a stellar season with the Italian giants. The Parisians payed the Nerazzurri an initial fee of $71 million, with a further $9 million in add-ons based on benchmarks which are expected to be easily achieved, and then a further $4 millions of add-ons.

He has a weekly wage of £160,000, making him one of the highest paid defenders in the world today.

8. Pierre-Emrick Aubameyang - £160,000

Aubameyang was one the best paid football players in Premier League during his spell with Arsenal (earning £350,000) which was cut short after contract termination due disciplinary issues.

He recently secured a move back to England from FC Barcelona. Chelsea paid a fee of £13.2 million for his services and signed a two-year contract.


9. Franck Yannick Kessié - £150,000

The box-to-box midfielder was stellar in AC Milan's Serie A title triumph last season, making 31 appearances as the Rossoneri beat arch-rivals Inter (opens in new tab)
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Despite that, he exited Milan at the end of 2021/22 season following the expiry of his contract. He joined Laliga giants, Barcelona, signing a four-year contract.

10.Wilfried Zaha - £130,000

The Crystal palace forward was born in Ivory coast but grew up in England. He has been representing Ivory coast since 2017 after switching allegiances.

Zaha has been an important player for Crystal palace since returning to the club from Man united and recently signed a new long-term contract.


Best Paid African Footballers


Player Name



Mohamed Salah



Kalidou Koulibaly



Sadio Mane



Thomas Partey



Riyad Mahrez



Sabastien Haller



Achraf Hakimi



Pierre Aubameyang



Franck Kessie



Wilfried Zaha


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