African Footballer of the year Yaya Toure is the biggest earner at the Nations Cup with an annual salary reported to be about $22m.
Compatriot Didier Drogba, who has moved to China to cash on on his twilight years in the game, is second on the money list as he rakes in excess of about $18m.
The other ‘Big Boys’ are Mali skipper Seydou Keita ($17m), Togo super star Emmanuel Adebayor ($15m), Ghana skipper Asamoah Gyan ($12m) and Ivory Coast defender Kolo Toure ($8.5m).
Mikel, according to a survey by South Africa’s City Press, also earns extra cash from his sponsors Nike, Pepsi and Samsung.
The Chelsea midfielder was also ranked among the top 10 sexiest players at the African tournament in South Africa.
The Sowetan also picked several of these big earners like Keita, Yaya Toure and Adebayor to turn the heads of the ladies in South Africa.