Saturday, July 11, 2015


Saya Mobile is the African-built mobile messenger for feature phones you probably never heard about. Unless you were an avid tech follower and knew about TechCrunch Disrupt.
TechCrunch Disrupt is unarguably the biggest stage in tech where, once your startup is pitched, you are sure to get instant international exposure. It was on this very stage that Robert Lamptey and his partner Badu Boahen, both from Ghana, pitched Saya Mobile to a Silicon Valley audience.
It goes without saying, they got instant exposure. And as Robert Lamptey revealed last week during a presentation atMobile West Africa 2015, Silicon Valley companies almost immediately came knocking at the acquisition door.
Most prominent among these companies were Skype, AVG and Twitter. They eventually sold to Kirusa, a mobile social VAS service with strong presence in Africa. 
Fielding questions in a panel discussion, which followed after his presentation, Lamptey was asked, “We are all on Facebook and WhatsApp but most of us never even heard about Saya. Why didn’t you sell to Skype and the others, so that they can use their magic, to make that impact in Africa for you?”, to which Lamptey responded:
For anybody who is interested in whatever you’re doing, it always comes with a catch. I’m extremely passionate about Africa. I grew up with a mentality that nobody will solve my problems, unless I solve my own problems. Aside from it being exciting that we had a multi-billion company interested in our small startup, they had certain requests that didn’t sit too well with me. Some people are motivated by money, I am motivated by principles. I don’t care about money. I mean, money is good but for me, 1 million and 10 million are the same thing. You can buy the same shoes, shirts and everything. They were asking me to do too many things I wasn’t comfortable with. Case in point, moving to the US. I wasn’t too comfortable with that. I love Africa and I don’t like the issue about racism. It’s messy for me. Also, some of them were also asking we change the business in a certain way.
For instance, AVG wanted to buy Saya because they had this new technology where you are able to scan text messages to see if they contain viruses. So that’s why they wanted to buy our company, to be a guinea pig. I didn’t like that.
For Skype, at the time they wanted to buy, they needed us to have 1 million users. When we are about to get 1 million users, we go back to Skype, now they want 10 million users.
As for Twitter thing, I don’t know whether I’m hurt about it or it gets me angry. We’ve been “in bed” with them, on and off, for a while. Once we were just about to get acquired by Twitter, and then all of a sudden, they changed their mind. They got so excited about Latin America and Asia and left us in a hole to go there. I think in February or May, I decided I wanted to sell to Twitter. I reached out to them saying, “hey I want to sell. Give me any price, I’m selling”. Twitter got back to us saying, “you know there’s a World Cup in Brazil and there’s a lot of activity there”.  And so they went to South America to purchase a company there.
Do you think Saya Mobile did the right thing?

Akufo-Addo may be barred from contesting 2016 – Lawyer

A private legal practitioner, Samson Lardy Ayenini, has indicated that findings made against NPP flagbearer Nana Akufo-Addo by the Judgement Debt Commission can dash his presidential ambition.

Commenting on the Joy FM/ MultiTV’s current affairs programe, Newsfile, Samson hinted that Akufo-Addo could be blocked from contesting the 2016 presidential election by any interested party, citing Articles 62 and 94 of the 1992 Constitution to back his point.

The Judgment Debt Commission’s report accused New Patriotic Party flagbearer Nana Akufo-Addo of causing financial loss to the state in the GNPC drill ship scandal.

“This Commission holds the view that the payment of US$19.5 million instead of the US$14 million earlier on agreed, constituted financial loss to the Corporation and Ghana,” the Commission’s report stated.

Having studied the report, Samson deduced, “the findings have the consequence of disqualifying Nana Addo to contest for the job of President of Ghana according to Articles 62 and 94 of the Constitution. 

That the fundamental principle law, of the rule of natural justice that a man shall not be condemned unheard was, however, breached and that a court will not hesitate to struck down those findings to preempt a political mischief at denying Nana Addo the chance to file his nomination to contest the elections next year.”

Article 62 states that: “A person shall not be qualified for election as the President of Ghana unless - …(c) he is a person who is otherwise qualified to be elected a Member of Parliament, except that the disqualifications set out in paragraphs (c), (d), and (e) of clause (2) of article 94 of this Constitution shall not be removed, in respect of any such person, by a presidential pardon or by the lapse of time as provided for in clause (5) of that article.”

Also, Article 94 Clause 2 (d) stipulates, “has been found by the report of a commission or a committee of inquiry to be incompetent to hold public office or is a person in respect of whom a commission or committee of inquiry has found that while being a public officer he acquired assets unlawfully or defrauded the State or mis-used or abused his office, or willfully acted in a manner prejudicial to the interest of the State, and the findings have not been set aside on appeal or judicial review; or.”

Nana Akufo-Addo would have to go to court to quash the findings of the Commission if he really wants to contest the election, Samson told

Meanwhile, lawyer and close associate of Nana Akufo-Addo, Nana Asante Bediatuo has punched holes into the Commission’s work, arguing that it failed to prove Akufo-Addo’s complicity in the judgment debt.

“The Commission is an inquisitorial commission. It is not like our normal courts that employs the adversarial process. So the Commission has a higher burden of investigating and interrogating every issue that comes up and looking for evidence in support of one particular fact or another. I think that in this particular instance the Commission has failed in that endeavor”, he said.


Rwanda has launched east Africa's first utility-scale solar energy project, effectively boosting the country's total electric grid capacity. East Africa’s first utility-scale solar energy project is now online at the Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village in Rwanda.
The completion of Gigawatt Global’s 8.5 gigawatt (GW) solar project has boosted the country’s total grid capacity by 6 percent and represents the first completed project under the Africa Clean Energy Finance Initiative.
The $23.7 million solar energy project was officially brought online at a ceremony on February 5th attended by Rwanda’s Minister of Infrastructure, Hon. James Musoni, and the Chief of Staff of the US Government’s Overseas Private Investment Corporation, John Morton, amongst others.
“Top quality developers like Gigawatt Global are the keys to success for President Obama’s Power Africa Initiative,” stated Elizabeth Littlefield, President and CEO of OPIC. “After OPIC provided critical early-stage support through the ACEF program, Gigawatt smoothly and swiftly brought the project online to give Rwanda enough grid-connected power to supply 15,000 homes. Gigawatt Global in Rwanda is a clear demonstration that solar will be a key part of Africa’s energy solution.”


Science and Technology we all believe is indispensable to societies. As such, any country in this century that exempt herself from science and technology is deemed less powerful. Most powerful countries like USA, China, Japan, Germany and the like are known for their outstanding performances in technology especially automobile production.
Africa is always talked of as ‘blessed’ continent in terms of natural resources, but most if not all of the inhabitants prefer to live outside its territory. The need for Ghana and Africa to boast about technology has compelled the greatest African technologist and industrialist, Apostle Dr Kwadwo Safo, to put Ghana on the world’s technology map. paid a visit to Apostle Safo Suaye Technology Research Centre (ASSTRC) at Gomoa Mpota to take insight in the third electric car made. According to Mr Nyansaba Kwasi Safo, the leader of the electric car research team, the Kantanka Odeneho III is a breakthrough for electric car technology. He said the Odeneho III is a step up in the initial Odeneho models that had been exhibited by the technologist in the last two years. What makes the car so special than any other electric car made?
Kantanka Odeneho is a five-passenger seating four-wheel drive (4WD) without an internal combustion engine. It runs on a total prime over power of 144V DC been generated by 12 accumulators. There are two charging systems for the car- an external charging system and an internal charging system. The internal charging system uses an extra accumulator to power an invertor and the invertor simultaneously charges the 12 batteries while the car is accelerating. The internal charging is manual and can be switched on or off when the car is in motion. The external charging system uses 144Vwhich makes it suitable for the world market.
The charging modes are Quick Charge Mode and an Overnight Charge Mode. The Quick Charge Mode takes a maximum of 15 minutes to complete the charging and the Overnight Charge Mode takes a maximum of three hours to complete the charging. The life span of the accumulators is estimated to be a year. Thus, it is far economical than any vehicle on the market.
The vehicle has a maximum speed of 240Km/h and a take off speed of 20Km/h. At the maximum speed, it takes a maximum of 10 second to bring the car to a complete stop. The car has a stereo player as well as an internal cooling fan unlike other electric cars on the market.
With science and technology being indispensable to human existence, the best offer to give to Ghana currently is to commercially invest in the researches being conducted at ASSTRC. We thus call upon all Africans to rally behind these environmentally friendly and logistically feasible researches at ASSTRC.


Upon completing 25 years of existence, we could draw a retrospective as a balance sheet of all the efforts, difficulties and victories that drove Neuce to what it stands for today. Today we are a strong Group and highly implemented in Portugal and Africa, where we already have five manufacturing plants, which earned the respect and recognition of the sector professionals, trusting its products and technical solutions and confident of its human resources.  

But above all, the balance sheet of our 25 years of existence will be made through the strong projects of the next 25 years, because we are NEUCE and we believe in the FUTURE.

The beginning of the new Group cycle brings together new projects that reflect all the work progressed until today, but which project the NEUCE Group towards what will be its future.
This is the case of NEUCE GHANA, the newest Group bet. 


In the wake of engineers announcing that they have built an army of 1,000 small robots that can come into formation on command, a report is now saying that by 2025 “robotic sex partners will become commonplace.”
Yes, you heard right. Sex robots.
Not only that, but these robots will be stealing work from both blue and white-collar professionals.
Fifty-percent of experts who were polled said it was inevitable that these man-made machines would one day take over the world. In the future, it looks like they’ll be taking more jobs from humans than they create.
The report, called “AI, Robotics, and the Future of Jobs,” pretty much explained what some experts thought would happen if AI and robot advancements continued on the creepily steady path that they seem to be on. This includes the reality that, someday soon, artificiality will get bored of their repetitive tasks and finally decide to take over “wide segments of daily life.”
GigaOM Research’s Stowe Boyd agrees that people won’t like it very much, but contends that artificial sex workers will be dealt with much like how “critics today bemoan selfies as an indicator of all that’s wrong with the world.”
From the production line to your bedroom. These sexbots will look, feel and move similar to an actual human being, and will probably be decent enough to satisfy the sexual desires of most people.
Who knows what would happen if lovotics  the study of human-bot relationships — progresses so much that people actually fall in love with their sexbot? There’s most likely going to be some extensive ramifications.
When futurologist Ian Yeoman spoke at Australia’s Tourism Futures conference, he forecasted that there would soon be fakeresortswith robot staff, including robot prostitutes.
Here’s what Yeoman had to say:
Robotics will become important, because you’re going to have labour shortages in the future. Even robot prostitutes’ that would not pass on diseases such as HIV could make an appearance.
We’d like to think that things would never get as bad as they did in I, Robot or A.I. Artificial Intelligence. Having a real-life sci-fi thriller on my hands is not something I’d like to experience in my lifetime, or being forced to have sex with a robot.

Voltic (GH) Limited Crowns Natural Mineral Water Campaign

Accra, Greater Accra Region. 8th  May 2015 Voltic (GH) Limited, (Voltic) producers of Voltic Natural Mineral Water; today crowned its Natural Mineral Water  Campaign with a quiz , rewarding three finalists with  cash prizes, products and Voltic branded items worth GH₵ 10,000.00. The Voltic Natural Mineral Water campaign was launched in August 2014 on various media platforms to promote Voltic as the preferred natural mineral water brand among existing and potential customers.

The Quiz, which forms part of the campaign,  ran for four weeks on the company's website and Facebook page with two weekly winners selected and rewarded with boxes of Voltic products and other souvenirs.

In the final competition which came off on 8th May, 2015 at GNAT Hall, the seven  final contestants who competed in the grand finale of the quiz were taken on a tour of Voltic's production plant at Akwadum, to get acquainted with the first- rate manufacturing processes of Voltic Natural Mineral Water. 

Ms. Ama A. Armah, the Brands Manager, Voltic (GH) Limited, explained that the Natural Mineral Water campaign and quiz amongst other things was to increase brand awareness, educate the public on the differences between natural mineral water and other bottled water. She stressed "the competition gave us an opportunity to engage with our consumers and gain valuable feedback on our brand, ensuring that our consumers had grasped the facts presented in the campaign".
The winners, Ms. Felicia Addo, Ms. Fremah Ruby and Mr. Stephen Osei Bonsu, the first, second and third respectively received cash prizes of GH₵1000.00, GH₵700.00 and GH₵500.00 and Voltic products and assorted branded souvenirs. The other four contestants were also rewarded with consolation prizes of Voltic branded souvenirs and products. 

The event was attended by management and staff of Voltic (GH) Ltd as well as family and friends of the contestants.

Eco Atlantic and Partners Receive Ghana Parliamentary Ratification of Petroleum Agreement for Oil Bill

Eco (Atlantic) Oil & Gas Ltd. is pleased to announce that the Parliament of the Republic of Ghana has ratified a petroleum agreement (the "Agreement") pursuant to which the Company may acquire a 50.51% interest in the Deepwater Cape Three Points West Block, located in the Tano Cape Three Points Basin, offshore (Ghana Block"), adjacent to Tullow Oil plc.'s (Tullow") significant producing Jubilee Oil Field. Eco (Atlantic) has been qualified as Operator of the Block. The Agreement is final and pending execution by the parties. The Agreement is conditional upon the execution of a Joint Operating Agreement for the Block, among other conditions.

Partners in the Block include Eco Atlantic, through its wholly owned subsidiary Eco Atlantic (Ghana) Ltd., which will hold 50.51%; A-Z Petroleum Products Ghana Limited ("A-Z"), which will hold 32.14%; the Ghana National Petroleum Company (GNPC") which will hold 13%, and GNPC Exploration and Production Company Limited, which will hold 4.35%. The contract area is approximately 944km² in water depth between 800m and 2,000m. The Block is adjacent to Tullow's Jubilee Oil Field, which is producing in excess of 100,000 barrels of oil per day. It also shares an eastern boundary with the former OCTPS Block, a northern boundary with the Eni Cape Three Points Block, and a western boundary with the Hess Deep Water Cape Three Points Block. The Agreement provides for a term of a total of 25 years, subject to the discovery of oil within the first seven years.

Colin Kinley, Chief Operating Officer of EcoAtlantic commented: "The Three Points West block is a fantastic opportunity for Eco Atlantic to step into an active and oil producing region. The Block is adjacent to the Tullow - Kosmos License and only 15 kilometers southeast of the current Tullow discovery and production. The targets of interest on the Block are on trend with the over 20 other oil discoveries in the immediate area. The Block is already almost entirely covered with a recent 3D survey and this will allow us to move quickly through the reprocessing and interpretation process and on to drilling."

Gil Holzman, President and CEO of Eco Atlantic, commented: "We are very pleased with the ratification of the Agreement by the Parliament of the Republic of Ghana. The Block has been the focus of interest for many international E&P companies, and so we are thankful that the government accepted our application in this highly competitive environment. This represents an amazing opportunity for Eco Atlantic's West Africa offshore exploration efforts and expending strategic portfolio. While we remain very much focused on our Namibian highly prospective licenses, especially after recently bringing in Tullow as our new partner, together with our partners in Ghana, A-Z and GNPC Explorco, we are aiming to add significant value to our portfolio and for our shareholders." 
Source: Eco Atlantic

Distell moves into Ghana, extends its African footprint

The Distell Group, a leading global player in the alcoholic beverages market with an annual turnover of GHC 5 billion, is stepping up its investment in Africa. Its new venture, Distell Ghana, sees the South-African-based producer of wines, spirits and ready-to-drinks (RTDs) partnering with Finatrade Group to establish a bottling plant in Accra.
The GHC16 million facility, located in Tema, outside Accra will provide more than hundred direct and indirect employment opportunities. The operation also seeks to develop management and technical skills, helping to boost the country's manufacturing sector.
Distell is following a similar model in Ghana to its ventures in other African markets such as Nigeria, Kenya and Angola. The company is working with in-market expertise to bring its brands within the reach of Ghanaian consumers at competitive prices.
Finatrade is a leading West African agri-commodities and branded foods company which has well-established distribution strengths in Ghana and surrounding markets. Distell has identified Ghana as a growth market and as a potential springboard for further penetration of its brands in neighbouring Togo, Benin, Burkina Faso and Cote d'Ivoire.
"Distell is combining its proven production and marketing expertise with the local marketing, sales and distribution knowledge of Finatrade, to bring top quality products at competitive prices to Ghana, " says Richard Rushton, Distell Group CEO.
“The partnership increases our scale, which will result in significant benefits in terms of product quality and customer service and support. We both are incredibly excited about the journey we are on,” said Richard.
Finatrade chairman, Nabil Moukarzel adds: "The value of foreign direct investment in the country continues to grow and intra-African initiatives now account for close to a quarter of the flow, according to the most recent Africa Attractiveness Survey. By pooling our respective skills, Finatrade and Distell, is a good example of how other African partners should collaborate for the good of the continent."
According to Ghana's financial ministry, the country's annual GDP growth has been averaging 7% in recent years, well ahead of the sub-Saharan African average of 4,9%, indicating significant opportunity for the drinks manufacturer to raise its profile.
The new operation will bottle Distell's international cider brands; Hunter's and Savanna, as well as Knight’s Whisky and the Royal Reserve range of spirits, for distribution not only in Ghana but in some of its neighbouring countries.
Distell is the third biggest producer of ciders worldwide. Hunter's is South Africa's top-selling cider and number two in the world. The brand recently celebrated 25 years this year. Savanna is distributed in more than 60 countries. Both are authentic apple ciders, made from fermented apple juice.
Knight's Whisky is an award-winning brand, matured for three years in the Scottish tradition, while Royal Reserve is a highly aspirational range of fine spirits that includes whisky, brandy and gin.
This investment will not only bring these popular Distell brands to the Ghanaian retail and hospitality sectors faster and more cost-efficiently, but will also make it possible to produce local spirits at relevant price points in time.

Asamoah Gyan signs Shanghai SIPG deal wearing shirt with coded message to hater

Asamoah Gyan has completed his move to Chinese club, Shanghai SIPG after signing a two-year contract on Friday. Apart from making the headlines with the huge sum of money he is expected to earn from the new signing, the shirt the footballer wore during the signing has been getting some attention too.
The 29-year-old signed the contract in the presence of his elder brother Baffour and manager Samuel Anim Addo at the Regal International East Asia Hotel owned by the club.  All three wore a black tshirt with the inscription“Efee bo tan shi okwɛ” literally translated as “It looks nasty to you but you are looking at it”.
Earlier the footballer had posted on twitter: “well… the words on the shirt speaks….. pay attention to details…… wait..#Godwin# “.So who is he referring to? hmmm….
The club was unable to organize a press conference to unveil Asamoah Gyan as their latest signing with the team traveling to Guangzhou to face R&F in an away league match. The unveiling ceremony is now likely to take place next week Tuesday or Wednesday as the side will return from the league match on Monday.
Gyan after signing the contract said: “I thank God for this special day, to my family, former playmates at Al Ain and to my fans. “I reserve the rest of my comments for the official unveiling next week.”

Friday, July 10, 2015

Protests in Ghana over increasing cost of living

Tema (Ghana) (AFP) - Hundreds of workers took to the streets in Ghana on Thursday to protest against the increased cost of living as union leaders warned the country's economic woes were reaching a crisis point.
Protesters in the industrial city of Tema, 25 kilometres (16 miles) east of Accra, demonstrated over rising prices of goods and services which they said were not being matched by wage increases.
A yawning public sector deficit, a falling local currency and high inflation have heaped pressure on Ghana, which until recent years was seen as a promising emerging economy.
In February, the government in Accra turned to the International Monetary Fund for a $918 million loan package to stabilise the economy and ease debt pressure.
"The economic meltdown began way back three years ago. Gradually it's getting to a crescendo," Solomon Kotei, general secretary of the Industrial and Commercial Union of Ghana, told AFP.
Among the protestors complaints was the removal of subsidies on fuel and increased taxation, forcing belts to be tightened and complaints about poor service in return.
Lack of electricity has been a growing problem, with power cuts lasting sometimes up to a day at a time and hitting economic activity.
"Ghanaians are paying the full brunt of these things. However, our salaries are not actually getting commensurate with all these things, so pressure is coming on the meagre salaries," said Kotei.
Ghana has been seen as the rising star in West Africa, with a strong democratic record as well as solid exports in gold, cocoa and, since 2010, oil.
But President John Dramani Mahama has been accused of not doing enough to sustain economic growth and the cedi slumped against the US dollar in the last year.
Mahama has been urged to cut wasteful public spending, including "ghost workers" in the public sector, lower deficits and pay down debts.
On June 30, the IMF said the fund's financial and economic programme was largely "on track" and growth was expected to remain about 3.5 percent this year.
Increasing electricity production would be critical to improve growth in 2016, it added.

Don't Buy any Power Bank until You Ask Yourself These Questions

Don't Buy any Power Bank until You Ask Yourself These Questions
As a backup battery, power banks have surged in popularity in the recent years following the increase of mobile devices, especially mobile phones which require a lot of charging.
Before buying a power bank, ask yourself these questions: 

Who is the manufacturer of the power bank?
Consider a trusted brand and buy a power bank that comes with warranty of at least 1 year. Many sellers provide warranty of 14-days to 1 month. This is a strong indicator that you are getting a low quality power bank.

Where are you buying the power bank from?
There are plenty of shady sellers selling fake/counterfeit products. Be sure to get your power bank from an authorized seller to prevent getting fake products.

What’s the battery quality of the power bank?
Battery quality ranges from Grade A to reject batteries. High quality batteries will have higher conversion rate, lifecycle, and more consistent performance. Poor quality, on the other hand, may cause damage to phone batteries and are more prone to overheating.
What’s the price, capacity and size of the power bank?
The higher the capacity of the power bank, the larger it is in size as well as price. If a very high capacity power bank, for e.g. 30,000mAh is sold at a very low price, it’s probably too good to be true.

Does this power bank come with operating and safety instructions?
Always read operating and safety instructions and understand how the power bank should be used. Be wary of power banks that comes without user manual, these power banks are often unregulated and may carry safety risk

What type of cables and chargers can I use? Are these supplied with the power bank or do I have to use my own? 
Typically, power bank comes with its own set of charging cable.

How can I tell when the power bank is fully charged?
This is crucial as some power bank does not come with automatic cut-off. One can easily overcharge such power banks and lead to safety hazard.

What safety protection features does this power bank come with?
Look for power banks that come with safety protection features such as over-charge protection, short-circuit protection, over-heat protection, over-current protection or over-voltage protection.
What safety testing and certification information is available?
Power bank with good safety feature should carry FCCCE and RoHS certifications

Pisen Ghana


Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Asamoah Gyan arrives in China ahead of sealing £227,000-a-week contract with Shanghai SIPG

The former Premier League star is closing in on a move from Al Ain, where he already earns a decent whack, to Chinese side Shanghai SIPG

Playing his cards right: Gyan is on the brink of becoming one of the world's highest paid players
Former Sunderland striker Asamoah Gyan is set to become one of the highest paid players in world football.
The 29-year-old Ghanaian, who spent just one full season in the Premier League on the back of the 2010 World Cup, is on the brink of signing with Chinese side Shanghai SIPG, who are managed by ex-England boss Sven-Goran Eriksson.
The deal will see him earn $350,000-a-week (£227,000), a weekly amount only bettered by a handful of the planet's best players.

Gyan already earns $250,000-a-week at current side Al Ain, but where will his new deal place him alongside the sport's top earners?
Read on to find out (all reported salaries are before tax)....

1. Cristiano Ronaldo, Real Madrid

Reported salary: £650,000-a-week
Denis Doyle
The reigning World Player of the Year is the highest paid footballer on the planet.
With an unbelievable goal record of 313 goals in 300 games since moving to Madrid in 2009, it's difficult to argue against him deserving it.

2. Lionel Messi, FC Barcelona

Reported salary: £645,000-a-week
The Argentine maestro earns over £600,000-a-week, but, like Ronaldo, sacrifices 52% of it in tax, ending up with just under £300,000 each week.
He and Ronaldo are streaks ahead of the rest of the field in terms of their club salary.

3. Zlatan Ibrahimovic, PSG

Reported salary: £410,000-a-week
ReutersParis St Germain's Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Ibra has made a career out of big money transfers - and he can play a bit too.
The 33-year-old Swede has Ajax, Juventus, Inter Milan, Barcelona, AC Milan and PSG on his CV.
He's been a revelation in France since moving to the Parc des Princes in 2012, scoring 106 goals in 126 games.

4. Gareth Bale, Real Madrid

Reported salary: £320,000-a-week
Reuters / Rebecca NadenWales V Belgium
You might well be celebrating given the size of your bank balance, Gareth.
Bale endured a poor season in Madrid last term but will undoubtedly be back to his best next term

5. James Rodriguez, Real Madrid

Reported salary: £305,000-a-week

GettyColombia's midfielder James Rodriguez passes the ball during the 2015 Copa America football championship match against Peru, in Temuco, Chile, on June 21, 2015

That is one valuable left boot. Rodriguez was handed a bumper salary by Los Blancos following his move from Monaco.

6. Wayne Rooney, Manchester United

Reported salary: £250,000-a-week
Reuters / Darren StaplesManchester United's Wayne Rooney in action with Manchester City's Martin Demichelis
The England captain isn't doing too badly for himself.
Critics would say he's held United to ransom for his last two contracts, but he remains a talisman for the Red Devils on the pitch and is a marketer's dream off it.

7. Robin van Persie, Manchester United

Reported salary: £250,000-a-week
Action ImagesManchester United's Robin Van Persie misses a penalty
The Dutchman moved to Old Trafford from Arsenal in 2012, penning a bumper deal.
He could be on his way out of Manchester this summer though, with Dutch side Fenerbahce interested in his services.

8. Sergio Aguero, Manchester City

Reported salary: £220,000-a-week
Manchester City's Sergio Aguero celebrates scoring his side's second goal of the game
City fans will tell you he's worth every penny - and they'll be right.
He's bagged 107 goals for the Citizens in 162 games since joining from Atletico Madrid in 2011.

9. Yaya Toure, Manchester City

Reported salary: £210,000-a-week
Stu Forster
Toure didn't enjoy his best season last time out, as rumours surrounding his future at the Etihad refused to go away.
He has two years left to run on the four-year deal he signed in 2013, and has vowed to see them out.

10. Luis Suarez, FC Barcelona

Reported salary: £205,000-a-week
ReutersLuis Suarez celebrates scoring the second goal for Barcelona
Barcelona supporters already adore him, and it's easy to understand why.
He was hugely influential in the Blaugrana's treble triumph last season and has so far been worth every penny of the £75m Barca paid Liverpool for him last summer.
And so concludes our countdown of the top 10 highest earning footballers in the world.
However, this list is set to change soon. Gyan's move to China could see him bumped up to No 8 on the list, remarkably replacing Sergio Aguero and dumping his 2010 World Cup nemesis Luis Suarez out of the top 10.
Is he good value for it? We're not so sure...

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