BY Fredrick Ngugi, 7:29am April 11, 2016,

Highest Paid African Soccer Stars of Our Time

Michael Essien. (Photo: skysports.com)

Michael Essien. (Photo: skysports.com)

#5 Michael Essien- $5,500,000 (Chelsea FC)
Born and raised in Accra, Ghana, 33-year old Michael Essien now plays for Chelsea as a midfielder where he earns about $5.5 million per year. Essien signed with Chelsea in 2005 for a $38 million fee. Before then he had played for several other clubs including Liberty Professionals in Ghana, SC Bastia and Lyon in France. This midfielder enjoys a number of endorsements with popular brands such as Pepsi, MTN and Samsung.

Last Edited by:Deidre Gantt Updated: June 19, 2018

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