Football players are known to be exceptionally rich and wealthy but these black millionaire footballers have represented their cubs and country at the highest level, welcome to the Top 10 Richest Black Football Players, World Cup 2022 Special.
Flashing their cash at every opportunity, Vidello Productions takes a look inside their billionaire football lifestyles and at some of the more expensive things they own.
10 – Sulley Muntari
Part of the Portsmouth team that won the FA Cup in 2007–08, Muntari became a full international football player in 2002 and earned over 80 caps for the Ghana national team.
With a current net worth estimated at over $3.9 million dollars, he helped Inter Milan win the Champions League in the 2009–10 season.
Muntari is a powerful, experienced, hard-working, and tenacious midfielder primarily known for his physical strength and combative playing style.
Muntari was named in Ghana’s squad for the 2014 World Cup and is a practicing Muslim who observes fasting during the month of Ramadan.
He owns a large home somewhere in Italy and his eye-catching rides include a $325,000 Lamborghini, which he drives when he is in Italy, a Cadillac Escalade and a Mercedes Benz.
Some people have claimed to have seen him driving a Ferrari but we will let you decide in the comments below if he owns this ride.
Muntari also owns a car dealership business and currently plays for Accra Hearts of Oak Sporting Club, based in Accra, Ghana.
9 – Nwankwo Kanu
Nigerian retired professional soccer player Nwankwo Kanu was born in Owerri, Nigeria in 1974 and by 1993 was already playing for the Nigerian national team and is the most decorated in Nigerian football history.
Signed my Dutch team Eredivisie AFC Ajax for just over $200,000 dollars later that year, Kanu was later sold to Inter Milan for 1996 for about $4.7 million dollars.
He won gold at the Olympics in 1996 while he was was the captain of the Nigerian team and played for Arsenal from 1999 to 2004.
Named African Footballer of the Year in 1999, he played for West Bromwich Albion from 2004 to 2006 and then ended his career with time at Portsmouth from 2006 to 2012.
With a current estimated net worth of $9 million dollars, Kanu owns several properties in Lagos and a mansion in a mansion in Hadley Wood, Enfield, London.
He currently owns three luxury cars including an Audi, Mercedes Benz, and a Ferrari.
8 – Kolo Touré.
Born in in Bouaké, Ivory Coast in 1981, Kolo Touré has had an illustrious career including as a central defender for Liverpool and has played football for the Ivory Coast national team.
He played for Premier League team Arsenal in February 2002 and was a member of the famous ‘invincible’s’ side of the 2003–04 season.
After spending time at Manchester City, Touré signed with Liverpool and is the brother of Manchester City’s Yaya Touré.
He moved to Celtic on a one-year contract in 2016, later announcing his retirement and taking up a coaching role within the club.
With an estimated net worth of cost to $10.1 million dollars, Touré has already begun splashing his cash, purchasing this amazing Victorian manor house that cost him around £750,000 pounds.
Located in a luxurious neighbourhood in Stirlingshire, the home has features including its own bar and sauna, trendy kitchen-diner, four double bedrooms and a double garage with electric doors.
Touré is a Muslim and observes fasting during the Islamic month of Ramadan, is married to Awo, has a daughter and a son, the latter of whom has signed a two-year scholarship with Leicester City.
7 – Salomon Kalou
Having played football in the Premier League, the UEFA Champions League, four FA Cups and the League Cup, Salomon Kalou was part of an award winning Chelsea team from 2006 to 2012.
He has played for his home national team, Ivory Coast since 2007 and amassed 93 caps and represented his country at two FIFA World Cups, six Africa Cup of Nations tournaments and the 2008 Olympics.
Having played for clubs such as Hertha BSC, Lille, Botafogo and Arta/Solar7, his net worth is estimated to be around the $11 million dollar mark.
One of the top 15 highest paid footballers of 2022, Kalou is sponsored by Nike but has kept his housing situation a close secret with only a Range Rover present in his garage.
In 2010, Kalou set up The Kalou Foundation, dedicated to providing facilities for social welfare and recreation and the relief of sickness worldwide.
6 – Michael Essien
Former Ghanian professional football player Michael Essien was once considered to be one of the best midfielders in the world and earned more than 50 caps for the Ghanian national team.
Nicknamed “Bison” Essien helped Chelsea win the Premier League in 2006 and 2010, and also helped win three FA Cups and one League Cup.
He has won the Chelsea Goal of the Season award twice, won the UEFA Champions League in 2011–12 and placed as runner-up in the 2007–08 UEFA Champions League.
Essien has represented Ghana at the 2006 and 2014 FIFA World Cups, represented his nation at three Africa Cup of Nations tournaments and represented his country at the 2001 FIFA World Youth Championship.
His net worth totals around $35 million dollars making him the richest footballer in Ghana in 2022.
Essien purchased a large $1.2 million dollar home in Cobham, United Kingdom and currently still owns the home to this day after buying it in 2005 and he also owns a large home in Ghana.
His luxurious cars include a Audi Q7, Aston martin, Range Rover Vouge, BMW, Mercedes Benz and a Porsche Cayenne.
5 – Emmanuel Adebayor
Famous around the world for his time at English clubs Arsenal, Manchester City, Tottenham Hotspur and Crystal Palace, he has also played for the likes of Real Madrid and AS Monaco.
Adebayor grew up in abject poverty in an apartment without electricity or bathrooms and often showered at the local beach.
Voted African Footballer of the Year for 2008 while playing at Arsenal, he became the highest paid player in Paraguayan football history in 2020.
Having represented the Togo national team at the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany, he also helped the Togo team in the 2013 African Cup of Nations in South Africa.
Currently Togo’s all-time top goalscorer with 32 goals, he has a current estimated net worth of close to $45 Million dollars.
When it comes to splashing the cash, Adebayor does not hold back and is known for his extravagant purchases that include a Mercedes G-Wagon, Rolls-Royce Phantom Vll and one of a kind Cam-am Spyder.
He owns a huge home in Accra, Ghana where traffic jams of his cars are regularly seen and loves going off-road in his personal buggies.
While very little is known about his home, it sits in a massive compound behind high walls and security gates which he definatley needs for his $1.5 million dollar car collection.
4 – Mikel John Obi
Beginning his career with local club Plateau United, Obi has played for some of the biggest clubs in English Football including Chelsea and Manchester United.
After briefly playing for Middlesbrough on a short-term deal, he later joined Stoke City in August 2020.
He played a 14-year international career between 2005 and 2019 including 91 times for Nigeria, scoring six goals.
With a net worth of close to $46 Million dollars, he owns a number of houses in Nigeria, two houses in China and a large Surrey Mansion worth $6 million dollars.
His London home includes a swimming pool, Jacuzzi, Home Cinema, Sports room, and a Spa.
Houses are not the only thing on his spending ticket with a number of luxurious cars also parked up near his home.
These cars include a 2012 Mercedes Benz E-Class, Range Rover Sport, 2010 Bentley Continental GT, Rolls Royce and Mercedes-Benz G500.
He is also rumoured to own a private jet, although this has never been confirmed.
3 – Yaya Touré
Moving into the top three and Yaya Touré is currently the third richest black footballer in the world with a net worth of $70 million dollars he is considered to be Africa’s third wealthiest footballer.
Touré has played for a number of influential clubs including Olympiacos, Monaco, Barcelona and Manchester City.
The younger brother of Kolo Touré, he won the BBC African Footballer of the Year award in 2015 and has over 100 international caps for his country.
Touré has represented the Ivory Coast at six Africa Cup of Nations tournaments and was named captain of the team after the retirement of Didier Drogba.
His net worth has allowed him to purchase this amazing Cheshire home that is right next door to neighbor Wayne Rooney.
The large birch home has a large dining and living room, floating staircase, large garden and is thought to be valued at $4 million dollars.
He owns a number of cars including a Rolls Royce Wraith, Porsche Carrera and Rolls Royce Phantom.
2 – Didier Drogba
Retired professional footballer and one of the most famous strikers in the world, Didier Drogba is the all-time top scorer and former captain of the Ivory Coast national team.
Named African Footballer of the Year twice, he was also named in the Chelsea team of the 2010–2020 decade by Chelsea’s fans in 2020.
Drogba made his professional debut aged 18 for Ligue 2 club Le Mans and made his move to Premier League club Chelsea for a club record of £24 million in 2004.
He helped the club win their first league title in 50 years and later won a second trophy becoming the first African player to score 100 Premier League goals and 65 goals from 105 appearances internationally.
Inducted into the Premier League Hall of Fame in 2022, Drogba captained the national team from 2006 until his retirement.
He led the Ivory Coast to the 2006 FIFA World Cup, captained the Ivory Coast at the 2010 and 2014 FIFA World Cups and helped them reach the finals of the Africa Cup of Nations in 2006 and 2012.
Drogba is credited with playing a vital role in bringing peace to his country helping to broker a ceasefire between Ivory Coast and Sudanese rebels.
His net worth of $90 Million dollars has allowed him to build quite the car collection and he owns a Mercedes SL65-AMG, Ferrari California and even a Mini Cooper.
He owned a staggering home located in the plush Crown Estate in Oxshott, near Chelsea’s Cobham training ground but the home is now up for sale.
Costing around £6.25 million pounds in todays money, the home has its own leisure complex with an indoor pool, massive bathroom with wooden finish and wooden spiral staircase.
The 11,000-square-foot property has its own jacuzzi and a sauna with a large one bedroom one bathroom second guest apartment built-in.
Drogba will soon be buying a new home somewhere, let us know in the comments section where you think he will be spending his hard earned cash!
1 – Samuel Eto’o Fils
Cameroonian football administrator and former player Samuel Eto’o, is the current president of the Cameroonian Football Federation from 11 December 2021.
Regarded by pundits as one of the best strikers in the world, he is also regarded as one of the greatest African players of all time.
He scored 130 goals in five seasons while playing for Barcelona and also became the record holder for the most appearances by an African player in La Liga.
He is the second player in history to score in two UEFA Champions League finals, and was twice named in the FIFA FIFPro World XI, in 2005 and 2006.
A member of the Cameroon national team, he won the Gold Medal at the 2000 Olympics and has participated in four World Cups and six Africa Cup of Nations.
Eto’o is Cameroon’s all-time leading scorer and third most capped player with 56 goals in 118 caps but retired from international football in August 2014.
It is currently thought that he has a net worth of around $95 Million dollars, making him the richest black football player and one of the highest-paid soccer players in the world.
He purchased a massive historic property in Portofino, near Genoa in northern Italy that has over 40 rooms and 30,000 square-metres of land.
Costing $12 million dollars, the insane property is reportedly haunted by the curse of Tutankhamun and was owned by Lord Carnarvon.
He is also known to have a large car collection including a $1.1 million dollar Aston Martin One and a $1.16 million dollar Maybach Xenatec 57S Cruseiro Coupe.
Other cars in the collection include a Rolls-Royce Wraith, Ferrari 458 Italia Mansory Syracuse and the Ferrari 599 GTB Mansory Stallone.
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