6. John Obi Mikel – $106,000
Looking at this salary there are many who would accuse John Obi Mikel of stealing money from Chelsea. Mikel was a much heralded young player whose transfer to England from Norway resulted in a contentious legal battle between Manchester United and Chelsea over who had rights to the player. Now, a decade on from that mess, it is easy to argue that the transfer saga was the most interesting aspect of Mikel’s footballing career to date. Mikel has played 229 league games for Chelsea, primarily as a holding defensive midfielder, and has scored just one goal. He is a tidy player, and one that works hard, but it is very hard to justify Mikel as being the sixth highest paid African footballer in the world.