In a recent forbes publication of the highest paid soccer players or footballers in the world; only three were Africans or of African descent. Football also called soccer, is one of the most lucrative jobs in the world. Footballers are a part of the wealthiest people in the world, who enjoy a life of pump and pageantry.
Forbes says it spoke with clubs, players’ agents, commercial sponsors and soccer experts in the U.S. and Europe, before compiling the list. “All figures are converted to U.S. dollars and include soccer salaries for the 2020-21 season, bonuses and endorsements. Transfer fees are excluded. Earnings are pretax,” it said.
Here is the list of the Highest paid black soccer players on the world.
Born in Paris and raised in Bondy, Seine-Saint-Denis, Kylian Mbappe’s father Wilfried, is from Cameroon while his mother, Fayza Lamari, is of Algerian origin.
Kylian Mbappe plays the France national team and for top French side Paris Saint-Germain (PSG). He was signed by PSG from Ligue 1 side Monaco for a record fee of €180 million ($now $219 million) when he was only 18 years.
Forbes puts his total earnings at $42 million. Of the figure, $28 million constitutes his salary. He makes $14 million through endorsement deals. Kylian Mbappe is the highest paid black soccer player.
Also known as Mo Salah and The Egyptian King, as he is affectionately called. He was born on the 15th of June 1992 in Nagrig, Basyoun, Egypt. Salah plays for the English side, Liverpool FC. He joined the Merseyside club from Italian side AS Roma. He has also previously played for Chelsea Football Club.
Forbes puts his total earnings at $37 million. He earns $24 million as salary and $13 million through endorsement deals. He started his career from the Egyptian side El Mokawloon before moving to Europe to continue with his professional career. Mohammed Salah is the second highest paid black soccer player in the world.
Born on March 15 of 1993 in Lagny-Sur-Marne, France to parents who are from Guinea; Paul Pogba plays for English side Manchester United and the France National Team. He was signed to the Red Devils from Italian Juventus at a record fee of £93.2 million (now $132 million).
Forbes estimates the French playmaker’s total earnings at $34 million. He earns $28 million as salary and $6 million from endorsements from firms such as Adidas and “FIFA” video games. Pogba is the third highest paid black soccer player in the world.