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AFCON 2023/2024: Top 10 Highest Paid footballers at the tournament Revealed

Highest Paid Footballers at AFCON 2023

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The Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) 2023/2024 has brought together some of the continent’s most talented footballers, showcasing their skills on the grand stage.

Beyond the drama set to unfold in Ivory Coast, many of these footballers have also to accumulate wealth and command high wages through their successful careers, endorsements, and business ventures.

In this article, Nairaflaver reveals the top 10 highest-paid footballers at AFCON 2023.

Top 10 Highest-Paid Footballers at AFCON 2023/2024

As AFCON 2023 unfolds, these footballing stars not only showcase their talent on the field but also their financial success off it, according to bet winner here are the 10 highest paid footballers at AFCON.

1. Mohamed Salah, Egypt – $53 million

Age: 31

Club/Team: Liverpool

On-Field Earnings: $35million

Off-Field Earnings: $18 million

Known globally for his dazzling performances with Liverpool in the Premier League, Mohamed Salah tops the list as the highest-paid footballers at AFCON 2023.

The Egyptian forward has secured numerous lucrative endorsements, including deals with major brands like Adidas and Vodafone.

As of 2024, no other African footballer in the world earns more than the Pharaoh’s star off the pitch.

2. Sadio Mané, Senegal –  $52 million

Age: 31

Club/Team: Al Nassr

On-Field Earnings: $48 million

Off-Field Earnings: $4 million

Next on the list is Salah’s former teammate and Al Nassr star Sadio Mané.

Renowned for his lightning-fast pace and goal-scoring abilities, Mané’s wealth has soared through successful stints with top clubs like Liverpool, Bayern, and now Saudi Pro League side Al Nassr.

As of 2024, no other footballer earns more on the pitch than the Senegal star who recently left bachelorhood.

Off the pitch, Mane has bagged endorsements with New Balance, mobile giant, Huawei, Pepsi, Sonatel Orange, Air Senegal.

3. Riyad Mahrez, Algeria – $32 million

Age: 32

Club/Team: Al Ahli

On-Field Earnings: $30 million

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Off-Field Earnings: $2 million

Algeria captain and former African footballer of the year, Riyad Mahrez, is in third place.

His success with his national team and former club Manchester  City, including winning the UEFA Champions League, has significantly boosted his reputation in African football.

Currently playing for Saudi Pro League club Al Ahli, Mahrez is widely regarded as one of the most successful Algerian footballers of all time.

His hefty salary in the Middle East has contributed immensely to his income, complemented by endorsements with Nike and Pepsi.

4. Kalidou Koulibaly, Senegal – $26 million

Age: 32

Club/Team: Al Hilal

On-Field Earnings: $26 million

Off-Field Earnings: $0.05 million

Kalidou Koulibaly is a highly regarded Senegalese defender known for his exceptional strength, speed, and ability to read the game.

Koulibaly has since established himself as one of the best African defenders in the world.

The 32-year-old defender had to cut short his Chelsea spell as he admitted he couldn’t say no to a life-changing switch to Saudi Arabia in the 2023 summer transfer window in a deal that sees him earn around $26 million yearly.

“I can’t deny it, I’m going to Arabia for the money. I will be able to help my whole family to live well, from my parents to my cousins,” Koulibaly said in a statement as reported by ‘Corriere dello Sport’.

Off the pitch, Koulibaly remains one of the most-followed Senegalese footballers on social media.

5. Achraf Hakimi, Morocco – $20 million

Age: 25

Club/Team: Paris Saint Germain

On-Field Earnings: $15 million

Off-Field Earnings: $5 million

Paris Saint Germain star Achraf Hakimi is widely considered as one of the most marketable African athletes in the world.

The Moroccan World Cup star is known for his exceptional pace and versatility on the pitch.

He primarily plays as a full-back or wing-back and is renowned for his attacking prowess, contributing both defensively and offensively.

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Off the pitch, Hakimi is one of the most active footballers on social media, known to be best friends with one of the highest-paid footballers in the world, Kylian Mbappe.

Achraf Hakimi is currently sponsored by Adidas UK, having had several endorsement deals with major brands such as Nike, Pepsi, and Huawei.

He has also appeared in campaigns for Puma and Beats by Dre, and is one of the most followed African footballers on social media.

6. Victor Osimhen, Nigeria – $20 million

Age: 25

Club/Team: Napoli

On-Field Earnings: $18 million

Off-Field Earnings: $2 million

Osimhen began 2024 as the highest paid Nigerian footballer.

The 25-year-old striker, donning the colors of Napoli, signed a groundbreaking deal with the reigning Scudetto champions late last year.

The deal made him become the highest-paid African to ever play in the Serie A.

The reigning CAF Player of the year is also the most valuable African footballer in the world.

Osimhen’s new deal at Napoli is also the second biggest contract signed by a Nigerian footballer ever, as he is expected to earn north of $40 million by the end of the contract in 2026.

Off the field, the Lagos-born striker has a slew of investments – most of which is undisclosed.

He is also reportedly courted by sportswear giants Nike, Puma, and Adidas who look to tie down a deal for Nigeria’s most influential footballer in 2024, when he is touted to seal a big-money move away from Italy.

7. Franck Kessié, Ivory Coast – $17 million

Age: 28

Club/Team: Al Ahli

On-Field Earnings: $15 million

Off-Field Earnings: $2 million

Franck Kessié endured a brief spell in Barcelona, helping them to the LaLiga EA Sports title last campaign before making a switch to Saudi Pro League club, Al Alhi.

Kessie is a versatile player with a strong physical presence, excellent passing ability, and a keen eye for goal-scoring opportunities.

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Kessie has established himself as one of the most dynamic and sought-after midfielders in the football world.

Off the pitch, he has some endorsement deals including one with Adidas.

8. Seko Fofana, Ivory Coast – $16 million

Age: 28

Club/Team: Al Nassr

On-Field Earnings: $16 million

Off-Field Earnings: $0.03 million

Ivorian midfielder Seko Fofana decided to leave RC Lens in Ligue 1 for a switch to the Saudi Pro League in the 2023 summer transfer window.

Having come through Manchester City’s youth academy, Fofana established himself as one of the best defenders in the French league and is known for his versatility and strong midfield presence.

However, Fofana completed a switch to Al Nassr in the summer and currently earns more than 10 times his salary at his previous club.

9. Sébastien Haller, Ivory Coast – $14 million

Age: 29

Club/Team: Borussia Dortmund

On-Field Earnings: $12 million

Off-Field Earnings: $2 million

Known for his goalscoring prowess, the former Ajax, West Ham, and Eintracht Frankfurt striker was diagnosed with testicular cancer in 2022, which he overcame, before returning to professional football in January 2023.

As of 2023, Haller is the highest-paid player at Borussia Dortmund and one of the highest-paid African footballers in the world, with a number of lucrative deals to his name off the pitch – including one with Puma.

10. Edouard Mendy, Senegal – $13 million

 Age: 31

 Club/Team: Al Ahli

 On-Field Earnings: $12 million

Off-Field Earnings: $1 million

Edouard Mendy is a highly regarded Senegalese goalkeeper, best known for his exceptional shot-stopping abilities.

The former Chelsea and Rennes star signed a mouth-watering contract with Saudi Pro League club Al Hilal, in the summer transfer window.

That deal made him become the highest-paid African goalkeeper in the world.

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