African football has continued to grow despite challenges of lack of facilities and poor management across the continent. A quick check at how other continents are doing and you will notice that more players from Africa are playing in Europe top leagues than as compared to Asia, South America, and North America. Today, we can all agree that it is difficult to find any big team in Europe without a player either from Africa or has roots in the continent.
So as we continue to celebrate the success of our football let us take a look at 10 most expensive African footballers ever in history;
10. Yaya Touré- €33.8 Million
Ivory Coast Africa Cup of Nation winning Captain in 2015 Yaya Toure will go down as one of the best midfielders ever to play in both the Premier League and La Liga. He won all trophies available at Barcelona before making a €33.8 Million switch to Manchester City in 2010.
Pep Guardiola had a conflict with the midfielder again when he joined City in 2016 summer. However, they have so far ironed out their differences which were largely brought about by his agent. In his time at Etihad Toure has helped City lift 2 league titles, 1 FA Cup, and 2 League Cups.
Toure has played in a number of European leagues through out his career, however he first came to prominence playing in France with AS Monaco. His performances there attracted the interestof Barcelona, who signed him from the Ligue 1 club for €10-million in 2007. During his time at the Catalan club he won seven trophies, with six being claimed during 2009. Toure lost his place in the Barcelona first team following Pep Guardiola as manager, resulting in the announcement he would leave the club at the conclusion of the 2010 season.Manchester City won the fight to sign Toure following his departure from the Camp Nou and he has been integral to the 2012 and 2014 Premier League champions since. The Ivorian international currently earns more than £200,000 a week, however following a disappointing season with Manchester City he has been linked with a move away from the club to Internazionale where his former City manager, Roberto Mancini, currently works.