We were expecting a particularly hot European summer. It was, and not only from a climatic point of view. In this year of the World Cup which will take place from November 20 to December 18 in Qatar, and for which five African selections (Morocco, Tunisia, Senegal, Ghana, Cameroon) are qualified, several players have taken the opportunity to change air. The amounts of the transfers turned out to be high, the levels of remuneration too. Even a player like the Egyptian Mohamed Salah (30), who will not participate in the World Cup, has seen his lot improve at Liverpool.
The captain of the Pharaohs is indeed today the highest paid footballer in the history of the Reds, in which he has become an essential element. Scorer and repeat offender in recent years, the Egyptian previously earned 1 million euros per month. At the end of the contract on June 30, 2023 and in a strong position to negotiate an extension, the former AS Roma player has hit the jackpot, since he will now pocket 1.6 million euros monthly, not including bonuses. . Now tied to Liverpool until June 30, 2025, his market value is now estimated at 90 millions of euros. His former teammate in England, the Senegalese Sadio Mané, also 30, has decided to leave the banks of the Mersey for Bayern Munich, the best German club.
Golden salary for Salah and Mané
In the operation, Liverpool recovered a check for 32 million euros, corresponding to the transfer fee of a player bought 36 million euros in 2016 from Southampton. But it is unquestionably the reigning African champion who carried out the best operation. In Liverpool, the Casamançais earned “only” 6.1 million euros per year, an amount to which were added juicy bonuses.
In Munich, where he will spend the next three years of his life, he will earn 20 million euros gross annually, or 1.15 million euros paid at the end of each month into his bank account. His compatriot and teammate in the Teranga Lions, Kalidou Koulibaly (31), also saw his earnings jump, thanks to his transfer from Naples (Italy) to Chelsea (England) for 38 million euros, a substantial sum for a defender over 30 years old. “If they have a good World Cup, Mané and Koulibaly, who have just changed clubs, will not be able to ask for a raise with Bayern and Chelsea. But they could use it to negotiate better contracts with their sponsors,” explains Vincent Chaudel, president of the Sport Business Observatory.
In Naples, Koulibaly received 6 million euros per season. Aurelio de Laurentiis, its president, had even considered, before the English offensive, to offer him from the 2022-2023 season the biggest salary of the club. In London, his emoluments jumped by 4 million euros a year. In the London locker room, Koulibaly found Gabonese striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (33), bought by Chelsea for 14 million euros from FC Barcelona.
Aubameyang, a fine negotiator
And the least we can say is that the former captain of the Panthers of Gabon – he ended his international career last May – has been able to grow his heritage. At the end of January, he left Arsenal, another London club, to join FC Barcelona. Arsenal paid him a monthly salary of 1.7 million euros. To encourage him to pack his bags, the leaders English had signed him a check for 8.4 million euros, corresponding to his salaries until the end of the 2021-2022 season.
Aubameyang, who was under contract until June 30, 2023, should have received 20.4 million euros during his last season with the Gunners, a sum saved by his ex-employers. In Barcelona, where he was generally satisfied sportingly, his salary was 400,000 euros per month (from February 1 to June 30), but was to increase to 1.5 million euros from July 1, according to the Catalan press. . It would seem that he will receive this sum at Chelsea.
Mahrez, Ziyech, Hakimi, concrete contracts
Finally, among the most financially comfortable African footballers, we find the Algerian Ryad Mahrez (31 years old), whose market value is estimated at 35 million euros, and who receives in Manchester City (England), a comfortable annual salary of 7.2 million euros excluding bonuses.
It is a little more than the Moroccan striker Hakim Ziyech (29), whose remuneration is 6.1 million euros per year at Chelsea. The one who should find the Moroccan selection during the World Cup, after a dispute with Vahid Halilhodžić, the former coach of the Atlas Lions replaced by Walid Regragui, does not want to lower his salary, while AC Milan, Tottenham and Ajax Amsterdam, his training club, would like to recruit him (his value is estimated at 28 million euros). Lyon are also keeping an eye on the Moroccan, in view of the winter transfer window.
His compatriot Achraf Hakimi (23) is guaranteed to stay at Paris Saint-Germain this season. We understand it: with a monthly salary of 865,000 euros, accompanied by a few bonuses, the defender, bought 60 million euros (+ 11 million bonuses) in July 2021 is one of the best paid players by PSG.
“If a player has a good World Cup, in addition to shining in the Champions League and in his championship, and the end of his contract is approaching, he can be in a strong position to negotiate an extension, with a salary increase. important. And the clubs, to fend off the competition, generally react very quickly to keep their player, ”concludes Vincent Chaudel. The excellent financial health of the clubs where these players play can allow them to some foils…