Who are the most expensive African Footballers currently and where are they?
African players has contributed immensely to European football over the years with their talent and quality in terms of their on-field performances which has placed them toe-to-toe with the finest legs in the game.
While the game of football is considered to be one of the most lucrative sport with intense popularity all over the globe which has makes the sport attractive with quite a number of investors and club owners ready to invest their money on some of the best legs in the game.
10 Of The Most Expensive African Footballers.
Nicolas Pepe – (Arsenal, €80.0m)
When the Ivorian international was painting Ligue 1 read with his goals and assists it was evident that it was just a matter of time before he would leave the shores of France for a new team. Fast forward to the summer of 2019 he became Africa’s most expensive footballer after Arsenal signed the dotted lines to bring him to the Emirates stadium from Lille.
Since he joined the Gunners he hasn’t replicate the 22 goals and 11 assists he shone out for ‘Les Dogues’ with the London club. However, that doesn’t take anything away from his quality and him been the most expensive player in Africa for now.
Victor Osimhen – (Napoli, €70.0m)
The former Wolfsburg’s forward record signing move from Lille to Napoli for astronomical fee catapulted him into one of the most expensive African footballers of all time. Like Pepe, the Nigeria international hasn’t hit the ground running for the ‘Partenopei’ as he did for ‘Les Dogues’ before he joined the Italian side.
However, with the season set to commence in few weeks time Osimhen has been showing his hands with lot of goals in their pre-season friendly matches scoring four goals in his side’s first pre-season game under Napoli’s new manager Luciano Spalletti as the preparation for the new campaign entered full gear.
Riyad Mahrez – (Manchester City, €67.8m)
When Mahrez and company dragged Leicester City to the pinnacle of English football with his mesmerizing skill which won them the English Premier League title in 2016 it’s a no-brainer that he won’t take long before he would move elsewhere to continue his career.
As such, the Citizens parted with a club record fee of €67.8m to sign the Algerian international who has ticked all boxes with the Foxes in terms of his on-field performances before deciding to exit Leicester City for the blue half of Manchester in 2019.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – (Arsenal, €63.8m)
The Gabonese striker wasted no time to hit the ground running with the Gunners under the tutelage of ‘Le Professor’ when he joined the London club for €63.8m from Borussia Dortmund in 2017-18 season.
Last season was a nightmare for Aubameyang suffering from malaria and dealing with family issues which really affected his goal scoring ratio for the Gunners. However, hopefully he get to hit the ground running when the new English Premier League campaign commences in few weeks time.
Naby Keita – (Liverpool, €60.0m)
With the recent signing of Ibrahim Konate from RB Leipzig it’s give credence to how the German side has become a hunting ground for the Kop. Interestingly, Keita also joined Liverpool from the German team in 2018-19 for a deal that ranks him amongst the most expensive footballers in Africa.
Keita did shown he was one of the key protagonist at Leipzig before he switched club, but the truth is he hasn’t offered the Merseyside club a bit of what he brings to the table in the Bundesliga with the German side that made the Kop paid through their nose to get him.
Achraf Hakimi – (Paris Saint Germain, €60.0m)
The former Los Merengues wing-back his so good that his name and the amount of money used in purchasing him keeps changing. When Hakimi left Real Madrid for Inter Milan, the Nerazzurri had to cough out €40m to get him for a deal that ranks him amongst the most expensive footballers on the continent.
The new thing about the Moroccan international is that he would continue his professional career at the Ligue 1 having team up with the king of France from Inter Milan for a whopping €60.0m for another record fee for an African player.
Sebastian Haller – (Ajax, €50.0m)
It’s no longer news that the Ivorian international now ply his trade in the Eredivisie with Ajax Amsterdam having failed to impressed West Ham United enough following their €50.0m transfer dealings with Eintracht Frankfurt to get him in the summer of 2019-20.
Haller may have found it hard to establish himself in the English Premier League but he’s been doing pretty well with the Dutch giant having joined from West Ham United and as a matter of fact he would be instrumental for their title charge this season.
Thomas Partey – (Arsenal, €50.0m)
When Partey joined the Gunners from Atletico Madrid in the summer of 2020 signing a four year deal with an option to extend it’s lifted the mood at the club that a quality midfielder who his quite familiar with European football joined the team.
Since he moved to Arsenal he hasn’t reach his potential due to injuries but hopefully with the new season set to commence soon, Mikel Arteta would hope the Ghanaian midfielder up his game in their quest to fight for the top four finish.
Mohamad Salah – (Liverpool, €42.0m)
When Chelsea let the Egyptian left in 2016 they never imagined what they would be missing in terms of his quality. As expected he went on to become a mature player and became a torn in the flesh of top teams in Serie A playing for A.S Roma which translated to his move to Liverpool.
The Kop cough out €42.0m back in the summer of 2017 to get the Africa Messi from the Giallorossi, a deal many opined to be an absolute bargain for the Anfield side which did birthed a new dawn for the Merseyside team in terms of trophies.
Sadio Mane – (Liverpool, €41.2m)
Mo Salah’s fellow chief tormentor Mane also make these list as one of the most expensive African footballers who at some point commanded huge amount of money in the transfer market due to their outstanding quality and talent that stands them out amongst their pairs.
The Senegalese superstar moved to Anfield from Southampton for €41.2m having been a regular pain on the neck of all top teams in the English Premier League before the Kop decided to splash the cash to get the man that eventually went on to be an African Footballer of the year following his commendable and consistent performances for the Liverpool.