At the beginning of this year we had opportunity to watch Africa Cup of Nations where Nigera won Burkina Faso in final and showed great overall performance. African football players can compete with other highest paid football stars all over the world. One of the main benefits african players can bring is strong desire to win. Especially Samuel Eto’o, Didier Drogba and Yaya Toure showed their will and reached some remarkable achivements in European football club competitions.
5. Emmanuel Adebayor
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Emmanuel Adebayor is well known Togo striker, especially in English Premier League where he performed for Arsenal, Manchester City and currently Tottenham. Adebayor is paid around $13 M per year and compete with Tottenham for Champions League spots, but unfortunately this is not his season as he collected only 13 appearances. I think Defoe and Dempsey are prefered by Villas-Boas.
4. Seydou Keita
Seydou Keita did impressive transfer last year after successful four years at Barcelona in Chinese Super League. Malian midfielder plays for Dalian Aerbin FC and earns around $15.5 M. He is also captain of Mali national team which won 3rd place on ANC 2013 second consecutive year and both wins over Ghana.
3. Didier Drogba
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Didier Drogba is another Ivory Coast internetional star and Chelsea club legend. Drogba did unexpected transfer from Shanghai Shenhua to Galatasaray between Africa Cup of Nations. According to several media Chinese side could no longer pay salary around $17 per year for the Ivorian attacker. Drogba grabbed the opportunity to play with Wesley Sneijder at the highest level in Europe again. His national team unexpectedly dropped out of ANC 2013 before the final as with Yaya Toure.
2. Yaya Toure
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Lately impressive Manchester City’s midfielder Yaya Toure is earning a salary of $16.5 M annually and around $2.5 M sponsor income. The Ivorian is probably one of the best transfers Mancini ever made. Toure had the opportunity to represent Ivory Coast, which was the main favorite for final victory on ANC 2013, but were stopped before the final by Nigeria.
1. Samuel Eto’o
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Samuel Eto’o has dominated top of the list since August 2011, when he transferred from Inter Milan to rich Russian Club FC Anzhi Makhachkala. Eto’o is great example how much rated are african players, he’s highest paid player in history of football with $28.8 M and $4 M other income. Unfortunately, Cameroon has not qualified for CAN 2013 last year and Cameroonian striker did not get a chance to show his good form at international level.