The South African soccer league is without a doubt one of the largest in Africa. It is not only broadcast live on the DSTV sports network, but it is also viewed by a large number of people throughout Africa.
As the league gained popularity, the players are currently the highest paid in Africa, second only to Egypt. Tunisia, Angola, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Zambia, and Nigeria are all in the same league as South Africa.
The amount paid to the PSL’s highest-paid players, on the other hand, has remained a source of contention.
Previously, like many other African players, there was a rush for South African footballers to play in European leagues, but that has largely subsided now that they, too, are well paid, and thanks to SuperSports’ live coverage of the game, they have also gained fame and wealth both in and outside of the country.
The average Premier Soccer League player earns R100,000 per month. That means the current PSL player makes R1.2 million per year. The following is a look at the league’s highest-paid players and how much they earn.
1. Khama Billiat
Khama Billiat, without a doubt the league’s best player, is also the highest-paid player in the South African PSL. This Zimbabwean-born footballer has an estimated net worth of more than R10 million and also plays for his country’s national team.
In 2010, he joined CAPS United in Harare, Zimbabwe, where he was born in 1990. In the same year, he moved to South Africa, where he played for Ajax Cape Town until 2013, then Mamelodi Sundowns until 2018, before joining Kaizer Chiefs in 2018 with an estimated monthly salary of R833,333.
He was compensated well not only for his excellent playing style, but also for his level of skill and the inspiration he provides to his teammates.
2. Itumeleng Khune
Despite being a goalkeeper, Itumeleng Khune is currently one of the highest-paid players in the PSL, with an estimated monthly salary of R480,000. The goalie, who was born in 1987 and began his junior career in 1999, was number one for several years before being dethroned by a teammate.
He began his career with the Chiefs as a youth player before turning professional in 2004 and continuing to play for the same club as well as Bafana Bafana. He is one of the PSL’s wealthiest players, with a net worth of more than R20 million.
3. Samir Nurkovic
The salary of Samir Nurkovic has remained a point of contention, but many agree he is paid at least R450,000.
Throughout 2020, he was approached by two clubs: Abha FC and Kuwait Sporting Club, both of which were said to be willing to pay up to US$800,000 for the star striker.
Samir demanded a new contract shortly after his previous one expired because he was no longer willing to accept his previous salary of R120 000 per month. As a result of the contract, he now earns the same amount as before.
The 1992-born Serbian footballer started his career in 2011 and joined Kaizer Chiefs in 2019. He has scored numerous goals for the club since then.
4. Thapelo Morena
Thapelo Morena was born in Randfontein, South Africa, on August 6, 1993, and has rapidly risen to become one of the most intriguing and charismatic South African players to watch.
He started his career as a young player with Bloemfontein Celtic in 2011, when he was just 22 years old. In 2013, he was promoted to the senior team, where he stayed until 2016, when Mamelodi Sundowns offered him a deal that enticed him away from Celtic.
He is still playing for the Sundowns and reportedly earns R400,000 per month. Because of his versatility and adaptability, Morena has played in a variety of positions for the club, mostly as a midfielder and defender.
5. Elias Pelembe
Domingues, a midfielder for Mamelodi Sundowns who was born in 1983, has risen to become one of the PSL’s top earners, with a record monthly salary of R320,000. Before Mamelodi Sundowns paid a high price to sign him from Supersport United, he attracted the attention of English football club Tottenham Hotspur.
Bidvest Wits signed the Mozambican footballer in 2015, and he still plays for them and earns a big salary.
He started his professional career in 2004 with the Mozambican club Desportivo Maputo before moving on to Supersport United. He has amassed a net worth of more than R10 million since then.
Since his debut in 2004, he has also represented his birth country.
6. Bernard Parker
Parker, like the other players on this list, has been in the league for a long time, and his experience may be one of the reasons he earns a reported R300,000 per month.
The Kaizer Chiefs midfielder, who can also play as a striker, was born in 1986 and started his career with Thanda Royal Zulu in 2004.
He played for several clubs before joining Kaizer Chiefs in 2011. He is now one of the richest players in the league, with an estimated net worth of over R20 million. He also represented South Africa on an international level.
7. Gaston Sirino
Gaston Sirino is a Uruguayan midfielder for Mamelodi Sundowns F.C. He is known as one of the team’s best players, which explains why he is paid R300,000 a month, making him one of the PSL’s highest-paid players.
He started his career with Rampla Juniors, a Uruguayan football club where he was born in 1991. Until joining Mamelodi Sundowns in South Africa in 2018, he had previously played in Chile and Bolivia.
While he is rich, his true net worth is still being reviewed.
8. Oupa Manyisa
Oupa Manyisa is another high-earning PSL player who is signed to Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila.
He started his career with the Orlando Pirates in 2007 and quickly established himself as one of the league’s top players before joining Mamelodi Sundowns in 2017.
Unfortunately, due to injuries, he was unable to replicate his feat with the Pirates. He moved to TTM a few games later, but that didn’t stop him from receiving a monthly salary of R250,000.
9. Eric Mathoho
Mathoho, who was born in 1990 and is a defender for Kaizer Chiefs since 2012, has been with the club for nearly a decade. He was a member of Bloemfontein Celtic from 2009 to 2012.
For several years, the footballer has been an integral part of the club’s growth, establishing one of the league’s strongest defensive forces with Daniel Cardoso.
Based on how much he has worked over the years and his generous salary, which is claimed to be around R220,000, he is estimated to have a net worth of over R5 million.
After his debut in 2011, the central midfielder has represented South Africa in a number of tournaments, including the AFCON and World Cup.
10. Sibusiso Vilakazi
Sibusiso Vilakazi, the 2013/2014 Premier Soccer League Player of the Season, is a key player for Mamelodi Sundowns. It’s no wonder that he’s one of the highest-paid players in the South African league, earning R200,000 a month.
Born in 1989, the midfielder started his career with Bidvest Wits’ youth team before turning professional and joining the senior team in 2009. He joined Mamelodi Sundowns in 2016 after a R10 million move.
In 2020, it was revealed that he had signed a four-year contract extension with the club, which means that if all goes as planned, he will continue to play for the club until 2022. His net worth is estimated to be more than R7 million.