The African continent is blessed with numerous talents. Many of these talents have been world class talents. They have successfully competed with the best on the global stage. We are going to consider the Top Richest Retired Athletes In Africa. Most often, people consider “Athletes” as runners. That is misleading. Athletes is simply a person who is proficient in sports and other forms of physical exercise.
So, the Top Richest Retired Athletes In Africa focuses on all sports. This includes football, golf, boxing, sprinting, wrestling, tennis, swimming etc. So, who and who made this list? Let us see. Note, there is no specific order of arrangement in this work.
Top Richest Retired Athletes In Africa
Haile Gebrselassie – Ethiopia (18 April 1973 (age 44)
Haille is one of the most talented African athletes. The Ethiopian has paid his due in the sprinting world. He is a long-distance track and road running athlete. In September 2008, at the age of 35, he won the Berlin Marathon with a world record time of 2:03:59, breaking his own world record by 27 seconds. Haile won many medals in his active days. He won two Olympic gold medals over 10,000 metres and four World Championship titles in the event. He won the Berlin Marathon four times consecutively and also had three straight wins at the Dubai Marathon. Furthermore, he won four world titles indoors and was the 2001 World Half Marathon Champion.
Kanu Nwankwo – Nigeria (1 August 1976 (age 40)
Another of the Top Richest Retired Athletes In Africa is the Nigerian Kanu Nwankwo. He is a footballer who has competed against the very best. Kanu Nwankwo’s trophy haul includes the UEFA Champions League medal, a UEFA Cup medal, three FA Cup Winners Medals, the English Premier League title medal and an Olympic Gold Medal. Furthermore, he won two African Player of the Year and two BBC African Footballer of the Year awards amongst others. Kanu has played for thses clubs: Iwuanyanwu Nationale, Ajax, Inter Milan, Arsenal, West Bromwich Albion & Portsmouth.
Ahmed Hassan – Egypt (2 May 1975 (age 42)
Ahmed Hassan currently manages Petrojet in the Egyptian Premier League. He was one of the faces of African football. Infact, he is the most capped international male footballer in history, with 184 appearances for Egypt. Hassan has played in eight Africa Cup of Nations tournaments for Egypt. He won the tournament four times in 1998, 2006, 2008 and 2010. He has won the following trophies: Egypt Cup, Türkiye Kupası, Belgian Pro League, Belgian Cup, Belgian Super Cup, Egyptian Premier League, Egyptian Super Cup, CAF Champions League and African Super Cup. Furthermore, he has represented the following clubs: Ismaily, Beşiktaş, Anderlecht, Al Ahly & Zamalek.
Oscar Pistorius –South Africa (22 November 1986 (age 30)
Oscar is a South African sprinter. Both of Pistorius’ legs were amputated below the knee when he was 11 months old. He was the tenth athlete to compete at both the Paralympic Games and Olympic Games. He competed in sprint events for below-knee amputees in Paralympic events, and in non-disabled sprint events. Oscar Pistorius has won some medals also. He is a Paralympic Champion. In 2006, Pistorius was conferred the Order of Ikhamanga in Bronze (OIB) for outstanding achievement in sports. Also, on 9 December 2007, he was awarded the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Helen Rollason Award, which is conferred for outstanding courage and achievement in the face of adversity. Although he is not officially retired, he is convicted of murdering his girlfriend on 14th February, 2013.
Jay-Jay Okocha – Nigeria (14 August 1973 (age 43)
Austin Jay-Jay Okocha is a retired Nigerian footballer. He is regarded as the best Nigerian player of his generation and one of the greatest African players of all time. In his playing days, Jay-Jay combined his unique set of confidence, technique, creativity, feints and dribbling skills to mesmerize opponents. He is a dual Nigerian-Turkish citizen, having acquired Turkish citizenship as “Muhammet Yavuz” while playing for Süper Lig team Fenerbahçe. Despite his skill sets, Okocha didn’t win many trophies. However, he won the African Nations Cup as well as the Olympic Gold medal amongst other minor club trophies. He played for: Eintracht Frankfurt, Fenerbahce, Paris Saint-German, Bolton Wanderers, Qatar SC and Hull City.
This completes our list of Top Richest Retired Athletes In Africa. Drop your comments and contributions below and we shall attend to them. Thank you