Leading property portal Lamudi looks at how much real estate you can buy with salaries of African football stars
A townhouse in Westlands worth 350 million shillings, or an apartment block with 24 two-bedroom units worth 300 million shillings on the outskirts of Nairobi. This is what you can buy for the monthly salary of an African football superstar.
The 2015 edition of the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) is currently being held in Equatorial Guinea. African players from 16 teams, including many who compete in the European Premier League, will represent their countries during the tournament. These players have mastered the art of football, earning them a lot of money from the profession.
Lamudi takes a closer look at the key players from the AFCON tournament and the properties you can own in the Kenyan real estate market with their salary.
Yaya Toure’s mansion
Yaya Toure has won the African Footballer of the Year Award every year since 2011. He is known to have a high complete pass rate and the highest shots on goal after Sergio Aguero. Yaya is from the Ivory Coast and currently playing for Manchester City in the English Premier League. Yaya earns £240,000 (KES 2.5 million) per week.
KES 2.5 million a week can easily get you a two-bedroom apartment at Kileleshwa or a three-bedroom mansion at Kitengela for a month worth nine million shillings. However, he owns a £1 million (KES 103 million) house in Wilmslow in the UK. For the same cost, you can buy 10 two-bedroom apartment in the upmarket Kileleshwa area. The apartments have a spacious lounge, separate dining room, well-equipped kitchen, two parking spaces for each apartment and ensuites for both bedrooms.
In December 2014, he opened uphis house at Daras Hall, United Kingdom, to his fans to thank them for supporting him. He has been doing this since 2012. Cisse earns £2 million (KES 274 million) per year, which is enough to secure an acre of land in the upmarket Kileleshwa area at a cost of KES 250 million per acre or 24 two-bedroom apartments in Athi River, on the outskirts of Nairobi.
Cisse with fans at his house
Mariga’s parents’ Lavington house
McDonald Mariga, is a midfielder for Inter Milan, an Italian Serie A leagues team. He is currently the highest paid footballer in East and Central Africa and ranks sixteenth among the best paid footballers on the continent. He reportedly earns US$1.3 million (KES 117 million) a year. Mariga has invested in real estate with properties in Italy and Malindi, next to Italian billionaire Falvio Briatore’s house. Mariga has also bought a house for his parents in the upscale Lavington Estate.
With KES 117 million in the bank, you can either secure 24 two-bedroom apartments in AthiRiver, two one-acre blocks of land in Runda or a spectacular five bedroom house in Lower Kabete for KES 110 million. The house is in the serene environment of Lower Kabete with spacious lounges, ensuite bathrooms, a solar water heater, back-up alarm system and electric fencing.
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