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Top 10 highest paid footballers in Africa

Over the years we have seen immense talent emerging in the African continent. This talent has managed to flourish across the world were players are recognized by the biggest teams in the world of football. Such players have had the privilege of being signed by some of these big teams and make a huge living for themselves according to the remuneration the clubs offer them. Here is a list of the top 10 highest paid football players in Africa

1. Seydou Keita ($ 17miilion)

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Born January 16, 1980, Seydou is a Malian footballer who plays for Dalian Aerbin FC in the Chinese Super League. Keita has played for the Malian national team since the age of 20. He made his debut for Mali on the 9th of April 2000 FIFA World cup qualifier against Lybia. In 2008 Keita signed a four-year contract with FC Barcelona, he became the first Malian Barcelona player. In 2012 he announced he was leaving Barcelona for the Chinese League side Dalien Aerbin, reportedly paid $17 million per year.

2. Yaya Toure ($16 million)

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Born May 13, 1983, Yaya is an Ivorian professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for English club Manchester City and the Ivory Coast national team. He joined Manchester City in 2010 with a five-year contract signed in July for about 24 million pounds. It is reported that Yaya Toure earns $16 milliona annually.

3. Didier Drogba ($13.9 million)

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Born in May 11, 1978, Didier is an Ivorian professional footballer who plays as a striker for Galetesaray in the Super Lig. He also captains the Ivory Coast national team. Drogba left Chelsea in 2012 and signed a deal with Shanghai Shenhu in China that was worth 200,000 pounds a week. There, he played briefly and then moved to Galetesaray club in Turkey where he earns up to $13.9 million annually.

4. Emmanuel Adebayor ($11.3 million)

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Born in April 26, 1984, Emmanuel is a Togolese footballer who plays as a forward for Premier League club Tottehum Hotspur and Togo national team. In 2009 Adebayor signed a five-year contract with Manchester City, for a transfer fee believed to be 25 million and then signed a permanent deal with Tottehum worth 5 million. He is reported to earn about $11.3 million annually.

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