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Gyan is Africa's highest paid sportsman



Ghana striker Asamoah Gyan is Africa's highest paid sportsman, according to the latest figures from ESPN The Magazine's Money Issue salary survey project.

The list is likely to draw controversy, as other financial reports had placed Ivorian star Yaya Toure at the top of the list. However, this list comprises the earnings that represent salary and/or prize money from the 2011 calendar year or most recent season.

Due to confidentiality of information for certain players, official salary figures were not available. In that case, ESPN used earnings that were based on information from multiple sources including leagues, agents, sports federations, cultural centers and the United Nations.

The Black Stars player shares the 'title' with Liberia's Tamba Hali, who plays American football as an outside linebacker for the Kansas City Chiefs.

Worldwide, Barcelona's Lionel Messi keeps his status as football's highest earner. He has bagged earnings of $43.5 million yearly - that's from wages, bonuses, sponsorships and endorsements.

The top earners in African sport: (in US dollars)

Algeria: Nadir Belhadj [soccer] $2 779 000

Angola: Manucho [soccer] $865 579

Botswana: Mogogi Gabonamong [soccer] $354 000

Burkina Faso: Charles Kabore [soccer] $1 118 000

Burundi: Saidi Ntibazonkiza [soccer] $352 000

Cameroon: Samuel Eto'o [soccer] $13 337 000

Cape Verde: Cafu [soccer] $250 000

Central African Republic: Romain Sato [basketball] $1 733 810

Chad: Misdongarde Betoligar [soccer] $21 500

Comoros: Kassim Abdallah [soccer] $112 031

Democratic Republic of Congo: Bismack Biyombo [basketball] $2 798 040

Democratic Republic of Congo: Christopher Samba [soccer] $8 000 000

Egypt: Mohammed Zidan [soccer] $2 580 000

Egypt: Mohamed Abu Treika [soccer] $2 580 000

Equatorial Guinea: Rodolfo Bodipo [soccer] $430 000

Ethiopia: Aselefech Mergia [Distance running] $263 000

Gabon: Eric Mouloungui [soccer] $960 264

Gambia: Ousman Jallow [soccer] $350 000

Ghana: Asamoah Gyan [soccer] $16 000 000

Guinea: Ibrahima Yattara [soccer] $2 300 000

Guinea-Bissau: Almami Moreira [soccer] $505 000

Ivory Coast: Yaya Toure [soccer] $15 407 800

Kenya: McDonald Mariga [soccer] $1 300 000

Liberia: Tamba Hali [American football] $16 000 000

Libya: Tareq al Tayeb [soccer] $1 500 000

Madagascar: Anicet Andrianantenaina [soccer] $120 000

Malawi: Tamika Mkandawire [soccer] $571 000

Mali: Frederic Kanoute [soccer] $8 600 000

Mauritania: Pascal Gourville [soccer] $353 000

Mauritius: Jonathan Bru [soccer] $49 607

Morocco: Moubarak Boussoufa [soccer] $4 300 000

Mozambique: Simao Junior [soccer] $516 000

Namibia: Collin Benjamin [soccer] $900 000

Niger: Alhassane Issoufou [soccer] $200 000

Nigeria: John Mikel Obi [soccer] $4 854 670

Rwanda: Edwin Ouon [soccer] $300 000

Senegal: Mamadou Niang [soccer] $7 000 000

Seychelles: Michael Mancienne [soccer] $2 400 660

Sierra Leone: Teteh Bangura [soccer] $1 111 230

Somalia: Abdisalam Ibrahim [soccer] $850 000

South Africa: Steven Pienaar [soccer] $4 200 000

South Sudan: Luol Deng [basketball] $12 341 275

Togo: Emmanuel Adebayor [soccer] $13 325 600

Tunisia: Anis Ben-Hatira [soccer] $1 000 280

Tunisia: Ammar Jemal [soccer] $1 000 280

Uganda: Mathias Kiwanuka [American football] $4 750 000

Zambia: Chris Katongo [soccer] $458 000

Zimbabwe: Nick Price [golf] $1 313 439

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