Orlando Pirates and Mamelodi Sundowns are undoubtedly two of the top five premier league clubs in South Africa that also come with a substantial payroll, and we are sure you are one of those who may be wondering just how much their players take home every month.
Orlando Pirates Top Paid Players
Orlando Pirates is one of the oldest clubs in the country, founded in 1937 in Orlando East, Soweto, with the name “Pirates” from the 1940 Sea Hawk movie, and the first team to win three major titles back in the 2010 – 2011 Premier League season.
Known as the “Buccaneers,” they are well known for their black and white colors and the symbol of the skull and the crossed bones. Over the years, there have been many top players, including Jomo Sono, Kaizer Motaung, Daine Klate, Teko Modise, Senzo Meyiwa, Oupa Manyisa, Dennis Lota, among many others.
Deon Hotto with an estimated monthly salary of +R500 000
Bidvest Wits Deon Hotto is expected to move to Orlando Pirates at the end of the 2020 season after signing a lucrative contract with them that will see him earn more than half a million rands per month, more than double what he’s getting to his current Bidvest squad.
Pirates went all out to win him over after clubs like Mamelodi Sundowns had expressed interest in joining their side with an R4 million a year deal, but Pirates responded with an astounding R7 million a year deal.
This will see Hotto becoming one of the top paid players in the South African Premier League, joining the likes of Khama Billiat and Itumeleng Khune.
Thulani Hlatshwayo with an estimated monthly salary of R300 000
Bafana Bafana captain Thulani Hlatshwayo has been transferred to Orlando Pirates after Bidvest Wits owners decided to sell the club, and is reportedly taking home around R300 000 a month.
Hlatshwayo was arguably Bidvest’s most valuable player, and this has led to a bidding war between the Sundowns of Mamelodi and the Pirates of Orlando over the last two years, with the Pirates taking the upper hand.
Happy Jele with an estimated monthly salary of R160 000
Present Orlando Pirates Captain Happy Jele is among the highest paying players in the Pirates squad with an annual monthly salary of R160,000. The 33-year-old center-back known as “Magents” has been with the club since joining the club in 2006.
Thembinkosi Lorch with an estimated monthly salary of R130 000
Pirates midfielder Thembinkosi Lorch has been a vital player of the club who is reported to be earning around R130 000 a month, making him one of the highest paid players in that club. During the 2019 season he was voted the South African Player of the Season and Player’s Player of the Season, and even had DJ Maphorisa and Kabza De Small’s 2019 song Lorch named after him.
Mamelodi Sundowns Highest Paid Players
Tswane based Mamelodi Sundowns is one of the few clubs in South Africa that can boast of winning three consecutive titles in the Premier Soccer League from 1998 to 2000, and was bought by mining magnate Patrice Motsepe in 2004.
The club is managed by Pitso Mosimane and are known by various nicknames that include The Brazilians due to their green and yellow colours, Bafana baStyle, Kabo Yellow Downs, Masandawana just to mention a few.
Andile Jali with an estimated monthly salary of R550 000
The 30 year old defensive midfielder is currently the highest paid player in the Sundowns squad with a reported R550 000 a month salary. Known as Mhlekazi to his teammates he is privileged to have played for top teams that include Orlando Pirates.
Jeremy Brooke with an estimated monthly salary of R450 000
New Zealand national Jeremy Brooke has been on loan to Maritzburg United FC before returning back to Sundowns at the end of June 2020 is reported to be taking home an impressive R450 000 a month.
The 33 year old player was born in Nelson City, New Zealand and made his South African Premier League debut in 2015 with SuperSport United before moving to the Sundowns squad in 2018.
Thapelo Morena with an estimated monthly salary of R400 000
The Brazilians’ defender Thapelo Morena is back from a fractured ankle injury that had him side-lined which he suffered during the Nedbank Cup game against SuperSport United in February.
He is one of the highest paid players at Mamelodi Sundowns with a reported salary of R400 000.
Gaston Sirino with an estimated monthly salary of R400 000
The Uruguayan midfielder is among the highest paid players in the Sundowns side who is reported to earn around R400 000 who made his South African Premier League debut in 2018 after moving from Bolivian side Bolivar.