The Most Expensive African Footballers Ever

6) Yannick Bolasie (Congolese) – £24.5 Million

Transfer (2016): Crystal Palace to Everton

Congolese, French-born and Everton winger Yannick Bolasie joined The Toffees in 2016 for a reported fee of £25 million; on five-year contract after leaving Crystal Palace. Bolasie also plays for the DR Congo national football team.

Yannick Bolasie

5) Emmanuel Adebayor (Togolese) – £25 Million

Transfer (2009): Arsenal to Manchester City

Adebayor had been one of the stars of the Arsenal team before he signed for Manchester City. Following a prolific season in 2008, in which the Togolese star scored 30 goals in all competitions and he earned his place in the PFA Team of the Year, he was linked with a €38-million move to AC Milan and Barcelona. Adebayor did not find the same form the following season, and Arsenal decided to sell him to nouveau riche Manchester City for a reported fee of £25million.

The Togolese international earned £180,000 a week during his time at Manchester City, but failed to establish himself during his two years at the club and spent a spell on loan at Real Madrid. He would go on to agree a season-long loan at Tottenham, finishing the season as their top scorer, which saw the North London club agree a deal for the striker worth just £5-million. Adebayor was still earning £80,000 a week from City until the end of this season as part of the deal that saw him head to the capital.


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