Majority of Africa's big earners are soccer players
Posted: 6 May 2011 Time: 10:48
Soccer may not be the highest paying sport in the world, but it certainly produces the highest paid sportsmen around the globe.
According to a list produced by ESPN magazine, footballers topped the list in 114 of 182 countries canvassed. In Africa, football topped the list in all countries with the exception of eight, with South Africa's golfing maestro Ernie Els being one of those. The others were three basketball players, two athletes and two American gridiron footballers. Manchester City star midfielder, Yaya Toure of Ivory Coast is the highest paid African footballer with an annual income of R138-million while Real Madrid player Emmanuel Adebayor of Togo is second with R90-million. Cameroon and Inter Milan forward, Samuel Eto'o earns R60-million. SuperSport United defender Mogogi Gabonamong also makes the list as Botswana's highest paid sports person with an annual income approximately R2.7-million. Zambia's Chris Katongo and Zimbabwe's Benjani Mwaruwari, who both played for Jomo Cosmos during their spells in South Africa, are also on the list. ESPN based its figures on salaries earned in the most recently completed season or calendar year from each sport and excludes any other source of compensation. Gabonamong's earning is high in a country where the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is just under R50 000 a year. The utility player moved to South Africa in 2006 to join Santos where he enjoyed a largely successful spell before switching to Supersport at the beginning of the current season. Africa's top sports earners are: (in US dollars) Benin: Stephane Sessegnon (Football) $2.8 million Botswana: Mogogi Gabonamong (Football) $354,000 Burkina Faso: Charles Kabore (Football) $1,118,000 Burundi: Saidi Ntibazonkiza (Football) $315,000 Cameroon: Samuel Eto'o (Football) $8,000,000 Cape Verde: Cafu (Football) $287,000 Chad: Misdongarde Betoligar (Football) $21,500 Ivory Coast: Yaya Toure (Football) $18,200,000 DR Congo: Herita Ilunga (Football) $2,730,000 Egypt (Tie): Mohammed Zidan (Football) $2,580,000 and Mohamed Abu Treika (Football) $2,580,000 Equatorial Guinea: Rodolfo Bodipo (Football) $430,000 Eritrea: Zersenay Tadese (Track and field) $340,000 Ethiopia: Tilahun Regassa (Track and field) $318,250 Gabon: Daniel Cousin (Football) $645,000 Gambia: Ousman Jallow (Football) $314,000 Ghana: Michael Essien (Football) $5,500,000 Guinea: Ibrahima Yattara (Football) $717,000 Guinea-Bissau: Almami Moreira (Football) $573,000 Kenya: McDonald Mariga (Football) $1,300,000 Lesotho: Lehlohonolo Seema (Football) $34,300 Liberia: Sekou Oliseh (Football) $573,000 Libya: Tariq El Taib (Football) $1,130,000 Madagascar: Anicet Andrianantenaina (Football) $86,000 Malawi: Tamika Mkandawire (Football) $571,000 Mali: Frederic Kanoute (Football) $8,600,000 Mauritania: Pascal Gourville (Football) $353,000 Mauritius: Diallo Guidileye (Football) $313,000 Morocco: Marouane Chamakh (Football) $4,247,000 Mozambique: Mate Simao Junior (Football) $516,000 Namibia: Collin Benjamin (Football) $1,000,000 Niger: Alhassane Issoufou (Football) $200,000 Nigeria: John Mikel Obi (Football) $5,800,000 Republic of the Congo: Christopher Samba (Football) $3,000,000 Rwanda: Olivier Karekezi (Football) $52,000 Senegal: DeSagana Diop (Basketball) $6,478,600 Seychelles: Michael Mancienne (Football) $2,100,000 Sierra Leone: Madieu Williams (American football) $2,974,000 South Africa: Ernie Els (Golf) $5,347,012 Sudan: Luol Deng (Basketball) $11,355,850 Swaziland: Tony Tsabedze (Football) $212,000 Tanzania: Hasheem Thabeet (Basketball) $4,793,28 Togo: Emmanuel Adebayor(Football) $11,900,000 Tunisia: Karim Haggui (Football) $820,000 Uganda: Mathias Kiwanuka (American football) $1,776,000 Zambia: Chris Katongo (Football) $315,300 Zimbabwe: Benjani Mwaruwari (Football) $3,405,584