Football is a sport or game that is loved and watched across the world. Football is not only loved or adored but it has become a rich and lucrative business sector for footballers.
Though South Africa’s monthly wages aren’t as eye-watering as those dished out in the European leagues, there’s still plenty of money to be made by staying in Mzansi.
South Africa’s premier football league which is known as the premier soccer league [psl] is the seventh biggest earner of sponsorship revenue among football leagues world wide.
Below are the Top 10 Highest paid footballers in South Africa …
10. Bernard Parker – Salary: R300 000
Bernard Parker is a South African professional football midfielder/striker playing for Kaizer Chiefs.
The Chiefs player was blessed to also play locally and internationally. He earns around R320 000.
9. Elias Pelembe – Salary: R320,000.
Club: Bidvest Wits
Elias Pelembe, also known simply as Domingues, is a Mozambican midfielder who plays for Bidvest Wits in the South African Premier Soccer League and Mozambique.
The Mozambican soccer player is currently earning R400,000.
8. Siyanda Xulu – R350,000
Siyanda Xulu (born 30 December 1991 in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal) is a South African defender, who last played for Kaizer Chiefs F.C before joining his new club.
Siyanda Xulu wasted no time in finding a new club after leaving Kaizer Chiefs, with Maritzburg United winning the race for his signature.
7. Khama Billiat – R350,000 – R400,000
Khama Billiat is a Zimbabwean professional footballer who currently plays as a midfielder for Premier Soccer League club Mamelodi Sundowns in South Africa. He also plays for the Zimbabwe national team.
Khama Billiat established his reputation with Mamelodi Sundowns after his trials with Lokomotiv Moscow, he earns around R400,000.
6. Anthony Laffor – Salary: R380 000
Anthony Snoti Laffor is Liberian international footballer who plays professionally for the South African club Mamelodi Sundowns, primarily as a winger.
He established his reputation with Jomo Cosmos, he earns close to R380,000.
5. Siphiwe Tshabalala – Salary: R380 000
Lawrence Siphiwe Tshabalala born in Soweto, is one of the most well known and most decorated footballers of his generation.He was the first player to make his international debut while still playing in the National First Division.
He is a great example of what it means to work hard and play hard. the Kaizer Chiefs player earns close to R450,000.
4. Steven Pienaar – R425,000
Steven Jerome Pienaar is a South African professional footballer who plays for Bidvest Wits and was captain of the South African national team until October 2012. He primarily plays as a winger, but can also play as an attacking midfielder.
Pienaar has previously played for Ajax Cape Town, Ajax, Borussia Dortmund, Everton, Tottenham Hotspur and Sunderland.
3. Christantus Ejike Uzoenyi – Salary: R450 000
Mamelodi Sundowns player Uzoenyi has played club football in Nigeria and France for Enyimba, Enugu Rangers and Rennes. He signed for Sundowns in a mega deal which saw him bank a huge sum of money as salary.
Uzoenyi is the 3rd highest paid player in South Africa with R 430 000.
2. Teko Modise – Salary: R450 000
Teko Tsholofelo Modise born in Soweto, Gauteng is a South African footballer, who plays for Cape Town City in the Premier Soccer League and for the South African national team.
The former Mamelodi Sundowns player is the second best paid player in south Africa at the moment, he earns around R450 000.
1. Itumeleng Khune – Salary: R480 000
Itumeleng Isaac Khune is a South African footballer who plays as goalkeeper for Kaizer Chiefs in the Premier Soccer League, and also the South African national team. He is by the far the best goal keeper in Africa.
The Kaizer Chiefs goal keepers earns close to R480,000.
*Figures are based on available data and confirmed/disclosed salaries. Anyone earning more p/m who isn’t featured in this lost couldn’t be verified by our sources.