What is Roger Milla's net worth? Biography, and all his personal life details

What is Roger Milla's net worth? Biography, and all his personal life details

Helix Odhiambo
November 6, 2023 at 2:14 PM
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Roger Milla's net worth and career achievements reflect his abilities and talent. He is a well-respected figure in the football world and beyond. Many people also know him for his trademark dance celebrations during the 1990 FIFA World Cup. Here is the story of one of Africa's greatest football talents.

Is Roger Milla still alive?
Former Cameroon footballer Roger Milla poses with the FIFA World Cup trophy during a presentation on 14 April 2010 in Istanbul. Milla is one of the best African footballers in history. Photo: Mustafa Ozer
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Milla was a lethal striker who played for several clubs, including Monaco, Saint-Étienne, Montpellier, and the Cameroon national football team during the 80s and 90s. He scored hundreds of goals, including historic ones that sealed his name among the greatest in the sport. The Cameroonian played in three World Cups and holds the record of the oldest scorer in the competition.

Roger Milla's profile

Full name

Albert Roger Miller

Known as

Roger Milla

Date of birth

20 May 1952


71 (as of November 2023)

Place of birth

Yaounde, Cameroon




1.76 m (5 feet 9 inches)


79 Kg

Eye colour


Hair colour



Former footballer (forward)


Germain Mooh, Ruth Ngobo


Astrid Stéphanie Ondobo (2007 - date), Marie Evelyn Milla (1984–2004)


Albert Roger, Ruth Sandy, Raphaël Ondobo

Net worth

Over $1 million

Social media

Instagram, Facebook, X (Twitter)

What is Roger Milla's net worth?

The legendary footballer has a net worth of over $1 million as of 2023. He made most of his wealth from his football career and other businesses.

Is Roger Milla still alive?

Roger Milla's age
Roger Milla of Cameroon poses for a photo during a tour of the national team in Greece. Photo: Christian Liewig
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The Cameroonian is still alive, living with his family in Douala and running several initiatives and charities. Roger Milla's age is 71 as of November 2023. He has black hair and eyes. Roger Milla's height is 1.76 m or 5 feet 9 inches and weighs 79 kg.

Roger Milla's family

The football legend was born to Ruth Ngobo and Germain Mooh in Yaoundé, Cameroon. His father, Mooh, was a railway worker, while his mother was a housekeeper. Milla's family moved to Douala when he was 11 after his father's transfer to the city.

The family settled in Japoma village, on the shores of river Dibamba in the Littoral Region of Douala, where Roger spent most of his youth.

Who is Roger Milla's wife?

Roger Milla's wife
Roger Milla and his wife, Stephanie Milla, attend the Golden Foot footprint ceremony at Monte Carlo Bay Hotel on 11 October 2014 in Monte Carlo, Monaco. Photo: Tullio M. Puglia
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Milla has tied the knot twice in his life. He married his first wife, Marie Evelyn, in January 1984. The couple stayed together for 20 years before Marie died in a road accident on 17 January 2004. The footballer married again after three and a half years, tying the knot with Astrid Stephanie Ondobo at Saint-Esprit Chapel in Yaoundé, Cameroon, on 20 July 2007.

Roger Milla's children

The legendary footballer has three children, two sons and a daughter. He welcomed two children, Albert Roger and Ruth Sandy, with his first wife, Marie. Milla got his second son, Raphaël Ondobo, with Astrid. Raphael is following his father's footsteps by playing football.

Roger Milla's son played in Dubai and enrolled with Fursan Hispania Academy, founded by former Spain and Real Madrid star Michel Salgado.

"I hope that by the next year or two, he will be like his father and will be able to play for his country." R. Milla said about his son, Raphael.

Roger Milla's football career

Roger Milla's stats
Cameroon striker Roger Milla (R) goes past Colombia goalkeeper Rene Higuita to score the winning goal during their World Cup match on 23 June 1990 in Naples, Italy. Photo: Allsport
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Milla started playing football in school with his friends. He nurtured his talent in Cameroon before moving overseas for greener pastures. Here is a breakdown of Roger Milla's stats and career history.

Early career

Roger began his career at Dynamo Beervelde. He moved to Eclair club's youth system in Douala and debuted for the first team in the Cameroonian second division at 15. The former forward became the national high jump champion at 17. He then joined Léopard Douala in the first division in 1970.

The legendary striker scored 89 goals for Léopard Douala in 116 matches, winning two Cameroon Première titles. He then signed for Tonnerre Yaoundé, a top club in Cameroon, where he continued to showcase his talent for three years before moving abroad to play for different French clubs.

European career

Roger Milla's jersey
Roger Milla during a training session in Monaco in June 2018. The Cameroonian played for several clubs in France. Photo: Gerard Bedeau
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What dates did Roger Milla join European clubs? The father of three was among the first African footballers to gain international recognition. His talent caught the attention of top European clubs, including Valenciennes, which signed him in 1977. Roger moved to Monaco in 1979, scoring twice in 17 games for the club during his tenure.

The Cameroonian later signed for Bastia in 1980, scoring 35 goals in 113 league appearances for the first team. He also played for Saint-Étienne and Montpellier before leaving France. The legendary forward spent his last years at Saint-Pierroise, Tonnerre, Pelita Jaya, and Putra Samarinda.

The former Monaco star scored 89 goals in 116 games for Tonnerre, proving that age is just a number in football. He won three titles in France, two Coupe de France titles with Monaco and Bastia, and the French Division two title with Montpellier.

International career

Roger Milla's retirement age
Roger Milla of Cameroon in action during the World Cup match against Brazil at the Stanford Stadium on 24 June 1994 in San Francisco, California, USA. Brazil won the match 3-0. Photo: David Cannon
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According to records, the football legend scored 43 goals in 77 games for the Cameroonian national team. Milla made his debut in a World Cup qualification against Zaire in 1973. He was part of Cameroon's squad in their first World Cup in 1982 in Spain.

Milla also featured in the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, California. He retired from international football in 1988 but returned in 1990 after receiving a call from Cameroon's President, Paul Biya, who convinced him to change his mind.

Roger led his nation in the 1990 World Cup in Italy. He netted four goals and sent the Indomitable Lions to their first quarterfinals, becoming the first African nation to reach the final eight. He scored brilliant goals against Romania and Colombia and celebrated by dancing around the corner flag.

Roger Milla's dance
Cameroon's Roger Milla celebrates by dancing after scoring against Colombia in the 1990 World Cup Round of 16 at the San Paolo Stadium on 23 June 1990 in Naples, Italy. Photo: Henri Szwarc, Lutz Bongarts, Bob Thomas (modified by author)
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Roger Milla's dance became one of his trademarks, making him famous. He got voted into the 1990 FIFA World Cup all-star team. Roger Milla's 1994 World Cup campaign also elevated his status. He scored against Russia to become the oldest scorer in the competition, aged 42 years and 39 days.

The Cameroonian won two Africa Cup of Nations (1988 and 1984) and Golden Ball awards twice(1986 and 1988). He also finished as the tournament's top scorer twice (1986 and 1988).

Roger Milla's honours

Roger Milla's net worth
Roger Milla (L) and Andres Iniesta (R) pose for a photo after receiving the Golden Foot Award trophy during the Golden Foot Award 2014 ceremony at Sporting Club on 13 October 2014 in Monte Carlo, Monaco. Photo: Valerio Pennicino
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Brazilian legend Pelé nominated the Cameroonian to the FIFA 100 list of the world's best living players in 2004. Roger was voted the greatest African footballer of the past 50 years by the Confederation of African Football in 2007.

What was Roger Milla's retirement age?

The former Bastia star played his last international match in a friendly against South Africa in December 1994. He retired from football in 1996 at 44. Many stores have sold dozens of Roger Milla's jerseys because of his legendary status.

Where is Roger Milla's house?

The former footballer has a house in Douala, where he lives with his family. The Cameroonian government built him a home in 2021, alongside his 1990 FIFA World Cup teammates, to recognise their achievements.

Roger Milla's net worth may not match his football abilities and achievements, but he is one of the best players Africa has ever produced. He has inspired several generations of footballers, who grew up emulating his moves and dance celebration.

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Helix Odhiambo is an award-winning Kenyan journalist and content creator with over 6 years of experience. In 2016, he won the Goal Blaze Correspondent Award for young writers.