The Most Expensive African Footballers Ever

Africa has contributed immensely to European football. The talent and quality of these Africans in the game has placed them among the most valuable players in the world.

These are the 12 most expensive African football players of all-time. We extended the top 10 as some players transferred for the same amount of money.

12) Jay-Jay Okocha (Nigerian) – £14 Million

Transfer (1998): Fenerbahce to Paris St-Germain

Okocha was signed by Paris St-Germain for £14 million following a prolific spell at Fenerbahce in which he scored 30 goals in 62 games from midfield. The Nigerian became a fan favourite in the French capital and acted as a mentor to a young Ronaldinho before he became a global superstar. Okocha left PSG after the 2002 World Cup and signed for Premier League Bolton.

Jay-Jay became a cult hero of the Reebok faithful and was made captain after a year at the club. He also captained the Nigerian national team between 2002 and 2006 and has stated that he would like to be president of the Nigerian Football Association in the future.


=10) Samuel Eto’o (Cameroonian) – £21 Million

Transfer (2011): Inter Milan to Anzhi Makhachkala

The deal that took Eto’o to Anzhi saw him not only become one of the most expensive African footballers of all time, but saw him become one of the best paid players in the game. The Cameroonian signed a three-year deal worth €20-million a year, which made him the highest paid player in the world at the time. Eto’o had spent only two years at his previous club, Internazionale, but had won the treble in his first season, including the Champions League. The season before his transfer to Anzhi had also seen him score 37 goals, his record haul in a season.

He enjoyed two relatively productive seasons with the Russian team before their billionaire owner, Suleiman Kerimov, drastically cut the amount he was willing to spend on the team. Since then Eto’o has played for Chelsea, Everton and Sampdoria, but is remembered more for his spells with Internazionale and Barcelona. He came third in the 2005 FIFA World Player of the Year and is the record goal-scorer for Cameroon.


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