One of the popular football website Goal.com has released the list of the 50 richest footballers in the world today for the year 2013.
According to the list, the Ghanaian international midfielder Michael Essien who is currently on loan to Real Madrid FC from Chelsea FC and is also currently on break from the Black Stars coming at 48th position, thus placing him as the 3rd richest footballer in Africa and 1st in his home country Ghana.
Essien is reportedly worth £16.5m which he acquired from sponsorship deals with FanMilk Africa,MtnGhana Africa,Nike, Guiness, his trophies at Chelsea and others.
The most successful African footballer Samuel Eto’o who currently plays for Anzhi Makhachkala in the Russian League however made the 6th position with £52m making him the richest footballer in Africa.
Ivorian striker Didier Drogba currently playing for Galatasaray also ranked 24th in the world and second in Africa. Didier’s countryman Yaya Toure came at 49th position with £16.5m and thus the 4th richest footballer in Africa.
At the top of the list is Englishman David Beckham holding the first position with £175m, Lionel Messi 2nd with £115.5m, Christiano Ronaldo 3rd with £112m, Kaka 4th with £66.5m and Ronaldinho 5th position with £63m .