In Africa, football is one of the most loved sports activities across the continent, including in Zambia. To date, Zambian footballers have ripped greatly from the sport, though they have been known to live a quiet and humble life. These footballers have earned huge respect country-wide and beyond, also getting rewarded with cool medals and wealth.
Here are the top five highest-paid footballers of all time:
- Christopher Katongo
A star player in the Green Buffaloes squad, Christopher Katongo is the highest-paid Zambian footballer. The Green Buffaloes forward receives an estimated annual salary of $460,000, after winning several titles in his career. Katongo was crowned as BBC’s African Footballer of the Year in 2012, after leading the Zambian squad to AFCON triumph over Cote d’Ivoire.
Katongo’s senior career in football started with the Green Buffaloes in 2001 before moving to the South African side, Jomo Cosmos in 2004. Since then, he played for several other teams all over the world, including Brondby, Arminia Bielefeld, Skoda Xanthi, Golden Arrows and Bidvest, before going back home to the Green Buffaloes.
- Isaac Chansa
Former Pirates man currently playing for Zakho, Isaac Chansa, is arguably the second-highest-paid Zambian footballer. Chansa joined Zakho in 2017 after the end of his two-year career at Zanaco, though he previously played for other clubs like Mitra Kukar, Henan Jianye, Orlando Pirates and Helsingborgs IF.
If you’re a Betway Zambia Betting fan, then Isaac Chansa would be a wonderful choice as his reputation in football commands devotion. Chansa stands behind the reputable Katongo in terms of the salary, receiving an estimated total of $365,000 annually.
- Emanuel Mayuka
Born in Kabwe Zambia, Emanuel Mayuka is a young footballer who has played for several clubs in Zambia and beyond. In 2006, Mayuka joined the Kabwe Warriors for two years, later moving to Maccabi Tel Aviv for another two years.
At the moment, Mayuka is not only among the top athletes from Zambia but also one of the richest. Mayuka’s most notable achievement is for being the top scorer during the 2012 AFCON tournament, though he has also spent time with several professional clubs worldwide. The 29-year old Green Buffaloes striker receives estimated annual earnings of $300,000.
- Stophira Sunzu
As a professional footballer, Stophira Sunzu has represented Zambia at different levels. Sunzu played during Zambia’s campaign in their 2007 U-20 World Cup, and he has also played for several teams in the country’s Premier Soccer League. The Metz center-back has estimated earnings of $280,000 annually, making him among the country’s richest footballers.
- Rainford Kalaba
A popular Zambian footballer, Rainford Kalaba is among the best players for Betway members to wager on the TP Mazembe squad. Kalaba played for several Zambian teams before joining Braga on a five-year contract in 2008. He has represented his country on the continental and international scene, making him a greatly admired athlete.
This remarkable athlete has been very important to the Zambian national team and also TP Mazembe’s squad. His annual earnings reflect his successful career, taking home over $250,000 every year.