Richest Football: Top Ten Most Expensive African Footballers (Pics)

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World record transfers are becoming a norm in the football industry as clubs across the world seek to boost their squads with the best players which help make increase the number of trophies on their shelves.

Neymar’s world record transfer to French club Paris Saint – Germain has proved that here is no limit to how much clubs are ready to spend to get the best players for their squads.

Here is a list of the Top 10 African Transfer in Football History

  1. Yaya Toure – Barcelona to Manchester City £24 million (2010)

Taking the number 10 spot is Yaya Toure, the younger brother to another great footballer Kolo Toure. Yaya Toure was a formidable footballer and rose to prominence with Pep Guardiola’s all – conquering Barcelona.

He later signed a contract with Manchester City in 2010 and performed exceptionally winning two Premier League titles and the FA Cup despite controversies that he might not perform well.

He later came to clash with his former coach, a turbulence that affected his play time in the club.


  1. Didier Drogba – Marseille to Chelsea £24 million (2004)

One of Africa’s football legends and one of Chelsea’s all – time players takes the number 9 spot. Didier Drogba not only delivered for Chelsea but is known for his goal scoring ability. He is placed fourth in the list of the club’s all – time top scorers.

His expensive transfer to the club was not all roses at first, as it seemed difficult for him to adapt to his new environment. But in time Drogba’s talent and skill led Chelsea to their first Champions league trophy.

  1. Michael Essien – Lyon to Chelsea £24.4 (2005)

Michael Essien became the club’s most expensive signing at that time, beating the record set by Drogba. His acquirement was not something the club could regret as he became an instant success in the club, delivering and also helped the club win two Premier League titles and four FA Cups before moving on.

  1. Yannick Bolasie – Crystal Palace to Everton £25 million (2016)

2016 houses most of the expensive African player transfer in football history and Yannick Bolasie is just one of them.

The DR Congo International started his career in lower leagues of English football like Diamonds, Barnet, Rushden and Plymouth Argyle where he gained skills, tact and experience needed in the big leagues.

He was eventually given a chance to prove his worth in the Premier League with Crystal Palace. After some impressive seasons at Palace, he was eventually transferred to Everton, although his football season was cut short as he suffered a devastating cruciate knee ligament injury that ruled him out of the football action for over a year.

  1. Emmanuel Adebayor – Arsenal to Manchester City £25 million (2009)

After an impressive Premier league debut at Arsenal – who he joined for just £3 million – Adebayor looked onto Manchester and hit a contract deal with them in 2009.

Despite an impressive first season and 14 league goals at the club, he failed to keep up and has since been unable to get back in the game.

  1. Wilfried Bony – Swansea City to Manchester City £28 million (2015)

After scoring an impressive 25 in his first season with Club Swansea in the 2013/14 campaign, Bony attracted club giants Manchester City, who paid a fairly huge sum to bring him in.

However, Bony failed to deliver just as he did at Swansea, making only 15 appearances in two seasons with the club and been loaned out to Stoke City for the 2016/2017 season.

  1. Islam Slimani – Sporting CP to Leicester City £28 million (2016)

Just after securing a Premier League title, Leicester City sought to improve their squad and decided to secure the Algerian striker’s signature for a club – record sum of £28 million.

Slimani struggled to make his mark in the league falling short of what his price tag might have suggested just as his club struggled to maintain their Premier League success in the last season.

There have been rumours of a possible transfer to the Chinese Super League, but that is yet to be confirmed, as he may choose to stay long with the English side.

  1. Eric Bailly – Villarreal to Manchester United £30 million (2016)

After leading his team to win the 2015 African Cup of Nations for his country, Bailly never expected that there would be one big contract waiting around the corner.

Although he was not listed as an exceptional defender in Spanish league, the 23-year-old seems to look very capable and likely the club’s most impressive centre back.

2 Sadio Mane – Southampton to Liverpool £34 million (2016)

Just like Bailly, many fans wondered whether Mane would be worth what his price tag suggested, when Liverpool secured his signature for a transfer fee of £34 million in the summer of 2016.

However, the Senegalese went ahead to prove himself, silencing all doubts with a stunning debut for the club.

He was also essential to Liverpool’s success in achieving a top four finish last season due to his brand of creativity.

He went ahead to be named both Liverpool’s Fans’ Player and Liverpool’s Players’ Player of the Year in 2017.

  1. Mohamed Salah – Roma to Liverpool £34.3 (2017)

Holding the #1 spot as Africa’s most expensive player, the Egyptian speed demon , Salah is set to prove his worth in the 2017/18 Premier League season.

The 25 year old has once been in the Premier league in 2013; under current Premier League champions Chelsea, although he performed quite poorly during his 18 months stay. Fans are hoping that his return to the premier league would be much better than before.


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