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Top 10 Highest Paid African Footballers in the Premier League

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Ace Football checks out the 10 highest-paid African footballers in the Premier League.

Only the best of the very best can earn a spot amongst the highest-paid African footballers in the Premier League.

To date, the English league has  46 footballers registered under an African nation. Most of them come from West Africa, namely Ghana and Nigeria, with clubs like Leicester and Watford boasting the most players from the continent.

Guessing who is the best out of the pack is an almost forgone conclusion for many fans, but who earns the most money?

Using figures collected by Spotrac, Ace Football answers this question by checking out the 10 highest-paid African footballers in the Premier League per year.

10. Eric Bailly – £4.16m 🇨🇮

Eric Bailly
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Weekly SalaryAnnual SalaryClub
£80,000£4.16mManchester United

The Ivorian defender signed a lucrative three-year contract extension at Manchester United last April, earning him a sweet £80,000-per-week until June 2024.

Bailly has been at Old Trafford since completing a €38 million move from Spanish side Villarreal in 2016. He has made over 100 appearances for United and won three trophies, including the Europa League.

9. Sadio Mane – £5.2m 🇸🇳

Sadio Mane
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Weekly SalaryAnnual SalaryClub
£100,000£5.2mLiverpool

The 29-year-old Senegalese has been an ever-present figure in the Liverpool frontline since his £37.08 million arrival from Southampton in 2016.

Mane is under contract at Anfield until the summer of 2023. Recent reports have claimed he is in talks with the club about a new long-term deal, one that could double his salary to around £200,000-a-week.

Of course, Mane continues to prove his money’s worth as one of the highest-paid African players. He even became only the third footballer from the continent to score 100 Premier League goals this season.

8. Hakim Ziyech – £5.2m 🇲🇦

Hakim Ziyech
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Weekly SalaryAnnual SalaryClub
£100,000£5.2mChelsea

The former Ajax midfielder joined Chelsea in the summer of 2020 in a £36 million deal.

Ziyech, who is under contract until June 2025, enjoys a £100,000 weekly salary at Stamford Bridge. He has made over 50 appearances for the Blues and famously won the Champions League in his first season.

7. Riyad Mahrez – £6.24m 🇩🇿

Riyad Mahrez
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Weekly SalaryAnnual SalaryClub
£120,000£6.24mManchester City

Riyad Mahrez is one of the longest-serving and most successful African players in Premier League history.

The Algerian has plied his trade in the English league since 2014. He has won the league title three times, once at Leicester and twice at Manchester City, and is gunning for a fourth this term.

Mahrez’s contract at Manchester City runs until June 2023.

6. Naby Keita – £6.24m 🇬🇳

Naby Keita
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Weekly SalaryAnnual SalaryClub
£120,000£6.24mLiverpool

The Guinea international earns a sweet £120,000-per-week as part of the five-year contract he signed at Liverpool after his €60 million move from RB Leipzig back in 2018.

A series of recurring injury problems have limited Keita’s game time to just 90 appearances. That said, he did enough to help the Reds taste Premier League and Champions League success.

5. Wilfried Zaha – £6.76m 🇨🇮

Wilfried Zaha - Crystal Palace
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Weekly SalaryAnnual SalaryClub
£130,000£6.76mCrystal Palace

Sitting in fifth amongst the highest-paid African footballers in the Premier League is Wilfried Zaha.

The Ivory Coast international became Crystal Palace’s best-paid star by signing a five-year contract extension in 2018, earning him around £130,000-per-week and £6.76 million annually.

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.

4. Nicolas Pepe – £7.28m 🇨🇮

Nicolas Pepe, Arsenal
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Weekly SalaryAnnual SalaryClub
£140,000£7.28mArsenal

The best-paid Premier League player from the Ivory Coast is Nicolas Pepe. The winger earns £140,000-a-week and £7.28 million per year from the six-year contract he signed at Arsenal in 2018.

Pepe, who joined the Gunners for a club-record fee of £72m from Lille in 2019, has made over 100 appearances and won the FA Cup at the Emirates Stadium.

3. Thomas Partey – £10.4m 🇬🇭

Thomas Partey, Arsenal
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Weekly SalaryAnnual SalaryClub
£200,000£10.4mArsenal

The Ghanaian midfielder signed a five-year contract in north London worth around £52 million after Arsenal paid Atletico Madrid £45m to obtain his services from the Spanish club.

While injuries have dogged much of Partey’s Gunners career so far, he has shown promise and will look to build on it in 2022.

2. Mohamed Salah – £10.4m 🇪🇬

Mohamed Salah
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Weekly SalaryAnnual SalaryClub
£200,000£10.4mLiverpool

The 29-year-old Egyptian is surely set for a new bumper deal at Liverpool in the near future, with his contract to expire in 2023.

Salah has been sensational since joining the Reds for £37.8 million from Roma in 2017. The forward has almost constantly supplied goals and assists, winning back-to-back Premier League Golden Boot awards.

The former Chelsea man is chasing a third English league title this season.

1. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – £13m 🇬🇦

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
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Weekly SalaryAnnual SalaryClub
£250,000£13mArsenal

Topping the list of the highest-paid African footballers in the Premier League is Arsenal’s Aubameyang.

The 32-year-old Gabonese took the honor in September 2020 by signing a new three-year contract at Arsenal following his match-winning performances in the FA Cup and Community Shield.

Although things have gone downhill since then, recently causing Aubameyang to lose the club’s captaincy. It’s prompted speculation he could be on his way out of the Emirates in 2022.

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