Forbes lists Samuel Eto'o on top of Africa’s highest earning footballers list

The financial services magazine has released a list of the top 10 earning players from the continent with a few new faces involved

Samuel Eto'o is the highest earning African footballer, with the Anzhi Makhachkala striker having gained that spot atop the financial podium with his move to Russia last year.

The surprising transfer to the Eastern European country effectively made the former Inter and Barcelona forward the highest paid footballer on earth.

The May edition of Forbes Africa has listed the Cameroonian’s weekly wages as $554,000 (€441,987), and $28.5 million (€22,7m) annually.

This dwarfs the annual salary of second-placed Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure who previously held the top spot. Toure takes home an annual salary of $17.6m (€14m) and is the highest paid African in the English Premier League.

Yaya confirmed his billing with his recent exploits that helped the Citizens win their first league title in 44 years.

Tottenham Hotspur’s Emmanuel Adebayor comes in third place with an annual salary of $14m (€11,2m). His weekly wages are put at $268,000 (€213,774).

The Togolese international has refused to join Spurs on a permanent basis from Manchester City after turning down a pay cut stating that he runs many projects back home that require him to earn as much as he can.

Tied for fourth place is Manchester City’s Kolo Toure who earns $9.9m (€7,9m) annually. The older Toure takes home $191,000 (€152,321) a week.

Completing the list are players such as Blackburn Rovers defender Christopher Samba, Chelsea’s Didier Drogba, Michael Essien and John Obi Mikel, while Malian Seydou Keita of Barcelona rounds off the top 10 with his $4.2m (€3,35m) annual salary.

It is worth noting that five of the listed have won the African footballer of the year award with Yaya Toure being the current holder.


1) Samuel Eto'o $28.5m

2) Yaya Toure $17.6m

3) Emmanuel Adebayor $14m

4) Kolo Toure $9.9m

5) Christopher Samba $9.9

6) Didier Drogba $8.7m

7) Frederic Kanoute $8.6m

8) Michael Essien $6.6m

9) John Obi Mikel $5.8m

10) Seydou Keita $4.2m