We know them as national sporting heroes: The men that put Ghanaian football on the map and brought fans and the wealthiest club scouts to our beautiful country. They are Ghana’s footballing elite, and they are some of the richest sports stars this nation of ours has ever produced. But exactly how much are they worth?
First up, it’s one of the young guns. Ebenezer Afriyie Acquah is just 24 years old but earns a yearly salary at Serie A club Torino F.C. of over half a million U.S. dollars, and he already has a net worth approaching $5 million. Not too bad for a new kid on the block. John Boye is a bit older at 28, but his current net worth stands at $5.1 million. He’d probably earn more if he got a chance to move away from Turkish club Sivasspor to sign for a Premier League club.
And about English clubs, there’s the prodigal son Christian Atsu, who is now playing for Newcastle United, has already hit the $5.5 million mark at the age of 24. There’s a feeling that Atsu has yet to reach his full potential and we’re hoping that he can live up to the hype, but with that wage packet, we’re sure he wasn’t too bothered that Chelsea sold him. Staying in the Premiership, we have Jordan Ayew who currently plays for Swansea. As the son of legend Abedi Pele, big things are expected of the 26-year-old, but not many would have a predicted a yearly salary of $1 million–none of the popular Kenya 10 best betting sites could even predict this.
Jordan’s older brother (once also of Swansea) makes almost double his younger brother’s salary playing for West Ham. Maybe he can negotiate a deal for his kid brother to join him in London.
Midfielders Kwadwo Asamoah and Sulley Muntari might not play in England (Sulley’s not playing at all right now) but they’re in the same money league as their elder Ayew with both consistently earning well over $1 million a year in recent years.
Kevin-Prince Boateng once of A.C. Milan fame but now playing with Eintracht in Germany has amassed a fortune of almost $14 million, and he’s only 30! He’s not making as much money as he was in Italy, but with another 5+ years to go, we imagine that he’ll top $20 million by the time he retires.
Ghanaian legend Michael Essien now plays in Indonesia, but his fortune is already made. Stints at Real Madrid and Chelsea banked him a lot of cash and rough estimates put his value somewhere in the region of $35 million. Wow!
But although Essien has made a serious amount of cash, it looks like the Black Stars captain Asamoah Gyan may top that one day. As one of the highest paid footballers in the world, he earned a tidy sum during his time in Shanghai, but his wages dropped considerably when he moved to Turkey this year. Nevertheless, he has over $20 million in the bank and at 30, still has plenty of time left to catch up with Essien.
Although these guys earn more in a year than many of us would in a lifetime, they still have some way to go to catch up with the highest earning sports stars. But as far as Ghana’s sporting elite go, they’re in that top echelon reserved only for footballers that make it big in Europe. What would you do with all that money?