Posted by: Kingsley Ukpai
The English Premier League is a haven for talented footballers from all over the world; players who want to ply their trade in the best league in the world head to England. There are at least 20 registered African footballers in the top tier of English football.
Last season, the Premier League was reminded of the immense football talent inherent in Africa, when a little known Algerian raced to clinch the coveted PFA player of the season. Obviously, the result of this was that his weekly pay doubled, as a new contract was signed to that effect.
To this end, we decided to take a look at other Africans who command mouth-watering weekly pay in the Premier League. Here are the top six paid Africans:
Yaya Toure – £200k
Undoubtedly the highest paid African in the premier league, Yaya Toure is one player who has left his mark in the division. The four-time Africa footballer of the year award winner earns a staggering £220,000-a-week salary at Manchester City, one that catapults him to being one of the top earners in the league.
Aside from the salary, though, the blue side of Manchester is no longer rosy for the Ivorian since the arrival of Pep Guardiola. There were strong indications that Toure could leave the club this summer, but he stayed on to fight for a place. His omission from City’s Champions League squad however, might make him regret that decision.
Sadio Mané – £125K
The energetic Senegalese attacker is up there among the best paid African players. Mané’s career has been on the rise since leaving Metz to join Salzburg as a youth. At Southampton, Sadio Mane scored 21 goals in 67 premier league games for the Saints.
In the recently ended transfer window, Sadio Mane completed a £30 million transfer from Southampton to Liverpool; in a move that saw his wage bill rise to £125,000-a-week.
Wilfred Bony – £120K
Another highly paid African in the Premier League is Wilfred Bony. Also an Ivorian, Bony made a big-money move from Swansea to Manchester City in January 2015, having his wage pumped to £120,000-a-week. However, the powerful Ivorian striker has so far failed to shine at the Etihad – the irresistible form of Sergio Aguero and the fast rise of Kelechi Iheanacho further pushing him down the pecking order.
This summer, Wilfred Bony made the 1-year loan switch to Stoke City, with his huge wage bill still intact.
Riyad Mahrez – £100K
Who doesn’t know him now? This is the Algerian guy talked about in our introduction. A skillful player who shone and dazzled for Leicester City last season, Mahrez was one of the reasons Leicester shocked everyone to win the Premier League title last season.
Before the expiration of the transfer window this summer, Riyad Mahrez gave Leicester City a big boost when he signed a new 4-year contract that burgeoned his wages to £100,000-a-week; a fee that makes him one of the top earners at champions Leicester and one of highest paid Africans in England.
Kelechi Iheanacho – £85K
The talented young Nigerian striker is one of the best-paid players in his age category. Last season the youngster was starry-eyed to be in the match-day squad for the first time for a big club such as Manchester City when Manuel Pellegrini named him among the substitutes in the game against West Brom.
Since then, Iheanacho has grown to become the most valued youngster at Manchester City. A new contract extension saw his weekly wages, rise from £15,000-a-week to £85,000-a-week; in a deal that saw him become best paid Nigerian youngster in history.
Mikel John Obi – £75K
For over 9 years, Mikel John Obi has been on the books of London giants Chelsea. That lengthy stay has not gone unrewarded, with a sound weekly pay. Mikel earns £75,000 every week at Chelsea excluding performance bonuses. Mikel is a Champions League winner with the Blues, amongst numerous other trophies which the Nigerian captain has won at Stamford Bridge.