12 Highest-paid African footballers 2024


With the interest from the Saudi Pro League, the earnings of African players have experienced a huge surge. This is why we have compiled a list of the 12 highest-paid African footballers for 2024.

Many footballers have continued to represent on the biggest of stages coming from Africa in recent times, the valuation of the footballers from the continent has continued to witness a rapid increase as the years progress. This increase in the valuation of these players has also translated into the wages they receive which is why the highest-paid African footballer for 2024 walks home with at least 800,000 pounds in recent times.

This is a huge shift compared to previous years of football activities on the continent and the calibre of players that were produced in the past. Many had not earned as they should have for their immense talent which is why football on a global stage for African players in recent times would always be celebrated.

With this in mind, we have compiled a list of the highest-earning or paid African footballers for the year 2024.

Who is the highest-paid African player?

Highest Paid African Footballers 2024
Mahrez, AFCON

Riyad Mahrez

Club: Al-Ahli

Weekly Wage: £858,944

Annual Salary: £45 million

Riyad Mahrez, a former Manchester City winger and the current captain of the Algerian national team, has become the highest-paid African football player in the year 2024. The 32-year-old athlete claimed this title after sealing a whopping £30 million transfer deal from Manchester City to Saudi Pro League's Al Ahli, where he currently plays.

Having spent five years at Manchester City's Etihad Stadium, Mahrez's move to Al Ahli has undoubtedly been a game-changer for his career. In his new team, Mahrez is reportedly earning close to £1 million per week, which is by far the highest paycheck he has ever received.

With his incredible skills and experience on the field, Mahrez has been delivering impressive performances. Within his first 20 games for Al-Ahli, he has managed to score nine goals and record seven assists, which is a testament to his exceptional talent and dedication to the sport.

Who is the highest-earning African goalkeeper?

Highest Paid African Footballers 2024
Edouard Mendy

Edouard Mendy

Club: Al-Ahli

Weekly Wage: £181,003

Annual Salary:  £9 million

Former Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy is the highest-paid goalkeeper as of 2024, the Senegal number one who currently plays in the Saudi Pro League for Al Ahli earns as much as 181,000 pounds per week for the Arab side.

How much does Victor Osimhen earn weekly?

Victor Osimhen Serie A Records
Victor Osimhen

Club: Napoli

Weekly Wage: £211,000

Annual Salary: £11 million

Following his new contract extension with Napoli, Nigerian forward Victor Osimhen earns 211,000 pounds per week at the Serie A side making him the highest-paid Nigerian player in the year 2024 and the 8th highest-earning African player on the list.

The salary of the talismanic forward is speculated to receive a surge if he completes a move out of Napoli in the June 2024 transfer window.

The 12 highest-paid African footballers in the world
1Riyad MahrezAl-Ahli£858,944-a-week
2Sadio ManeAl-Nassr£658,194-a-week
3Kalidou KoulibalyAl-Hilal£570,984-a-week
4Mohamed SalahLiverpool£350,000-a-week
5Seko FofanaAl-Nassr£250,114-a-week
6Achraf HakimiPSG£239,418-a-week
7Franck KessieAl-Ahli£230,368-a-week
8Victor OsimhenNapoli£211,000-a-week
9Thomas ParteyArsenal£200,000-a-week
10Iñaki WilliamsAthletic Bilbao£187,585-a-week
11Edouard MendyAl-Ahli£181,003-a-week
12Yassine BounouAl-Hilal£164,549-a-week
Statistics per Capology

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