REVEALED: Top 5 RICHEST African Players in 2017

5. Michael Essien

MADRID, SPAIN – NOVEMBER 08: Real Madrid player Michael Essien receives a new Audi Q7 at the Jarama racetrack on November 8, 2012 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Carlos Alvarez/Getty Images)

He is a Ghanaian midfielder who was the most expensive african footballer in history when he joined Chelsea in 2005.

The Ghanaian has achieved great success at Chelsea winning the Premier League and Champions League amongst others, and reportedly earns $5million a year.

The 34-years-old now plays for the Panathinaikos and the Ghanaian national team and has a net worth of $35 million.