Who are the highest paid African players in the EPL? Read on to find out
There has always been a large contingent of African players in the Premier League at any one time. There have been players from South Africa, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Mali, Morocco, Egypt and everywhere in between.
African players have also added a different dynamic to teams, allowing them to play a more progressive game. Here is the list of the highest-paid African players in the Premier League.
The Egyptian King is probably one of the most popular players on this list. Mo Salah has been tearing up the Premier League ever since he joined Liverpool, and it doesn’t look like he will be stopping anytime soon.
At the moment, he is earning about £200,000 a week. Considering what he has done for his team and how good he is, this number is no surprise. There is also little doubt that Liverpool is paying him a lot to keep interested suitors at bay.
Mo Salah’s Senegalese teammate is another high earner in the Premier League. However, some may be surprised to hear that he earns half of what Mo does, a very substantial but surprisingly small £100,000 a week.
Sadio does use his money for good though, he has built schools, hospitals and infrastructure back in his home country, and even though in some peoples opinions he should be earning a lot more, he most definitely isn’t doing too bad.
Arsenal’s prime striker from Gabon, is the highest earner on this list. Pierre-Emerick takes home a whopping £375,000 a week. Even though he has had a disappointing season, many would argue that paying him a lot to keep him at the club is worth it.
Mo and Auba are in similar boats this way. There is always interest from other clubs to sign them. Therefore massive salaries and wages are unfortunately a must to make sure these other contracts stay unattractive.
The Arsenal new boy, Thomas Partey, was also offered a huge weekly salary to join the Gunners. The Ghanaian earns £260,000 a week at Arsenal, four times what he was making at Atletico Madrid.
Some may think this was a bit much, considering he is 27 years old and completely unproven in the Premier League. However, he has done well so far, except for a few injuries, he still has his best seasons ahead of him.
The Algerian international has made himself a bit of a necessity in Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City team, after spending quite a long time playing second fiddle to the likes of Sergio Aguero and Jesus.
However, he has proven his worth and currently earns a very hefty £200,000 a week. This isn’t too surprising considering City seem to have bottomless pockets, but Riyad has definitely worked hard enough to be worth it.
A player that has been disappointing but has seemed to find some form in the last couple of months, Nicolas Pepe is Arsenal’s Ivorian midfield talisman. He does however, earn a tidy sum of £100,000 a week.
As mentioned, he hasn’t quite lived up to expectations just yet, and in many eyes has definitely not lived up to his price tag, however, he is finding form again and next season looks like it could be the one where he takes off.
Chelsea’s new signing from Morocco is another player that has had a very up and down season. He has joined a very competitive team, and walking into the starting 11 is just not possible.
He is earning £100,000 a week, which is almost £50,000 more than what he was earning at Ajax. Once again, he looks like he needs some time to really settle in, but next season could be where we see him really shine.
Bertrand Traore is slowly turning himself into a star at Aston Villa. The player from Burkina Faso is the only one from his home nation to represent his country in the league, and he is most definitely doing them proud.
He currently earns £78,000 a week, which is a very high number for a club like Aston Villa, and also considering they are paying their star player Jack Grealish £120,000, Bertrand is making his way up the ranks.
Finally, Edouard Mendy. Chelsea’s new shot-stopper from Senegal has proven to be one of their best signings over the past few seasons. Currently sitting on £75,000 a week, he is earning a more than decent salary for a goalkeeper.
He is also earning substantially more than he was while at Rennes in France, and considering his talent, there will be little doubt over his salary being increased once his contract negotiations start again.
While these aren’t all African players in the Premier League, these are the highest earners and the players currently in the best form. They are most definitely doing their home continent and countries proud, and proving that some of the best players always come from Africa.