Since the days of ancient Rome, sportsmen have some of the highest earners and some of the richest people in the land. Their brave and entertaining performances have made them famous; drawing huge crowds into the arenas where they perform; filling their pockets with gold, and living like kings till the end of their days.
In South Africa, like in most places in the world, Football is the most popular sport. Crowds troop to the stadiums to watch their favorite teams. They adore their favorite players, chant their names during games, and pay big money to watch them perform. Naturally, then these players become filthy rich.
So who are the richest footballers in South Africa? Who are the skillful and especially talented individuals who have managed to sign the best deals for themselves; selling their skills for the best prices? That is what we want to discover with this article. Without further ado, we now give you the top 10 richest footballers in South Africa.
Top 10 Richest Soccer Player In South Africa
1. Anele Ngcongca
Anele Ngcongca, who currently plays for Roeselare in Belgium is reputed to be the richest player in South Africa. He was born on 21st October 1987 in Cape Town, South Africa. He has featured for Mamelodi Sundowns, for Genk in Belgium where he attained fame and fortune.
Anele Ngcongca played at Genk from 2007–2016, making 223 appearances. He has 53 appearances with the South Africa football team, and with Mamelodi Sundowns he won the Premier Soccer League 3 times. He is the richest soccer player in South Africa with an estimated fortune of over R30 million.
2. Bernard Parker
Bernard Parker is a South African footballer who plays for the Kaizer Chiefs as a second striker or midfielder. He was born on 16th March 1986 in Boksburg, East Rand Gauteng province.
Bernard Parker is worth an estimated amount of R20 million.
3. Itumeleng Khune
Itumeleng Khune is the most highly rated goalkeeper in South Africa. He was born on 20th June 1987 in Ventersdorp, North West, South Africa. He is the current goalkeeper for Kaizer Chiefs and he is also the goalkeeper of the South Africa national team.
He is the captain of both club and country. Being so highly rated means that your services cost a lot of money; and so it is no surprise that Itumelang Khune is worth about R15 million, making him one of the top richest soccer players in South Africa.
4. Siphiwe Tshabalala
Siphiwe Tshabalala was briefly the golden boy of South African football; he scored the opening goal when South Africa hosted the world cup in 2010. The goal was scored against Mexico in a stadium packed full of supporters.
Siphiwe Tshabalala was born on 25th September 1984 in Soweto, Gauteng.
He plays for the South African National team as a winger and attacking midfielder. He is one of the richest players in the country with an estimated net worth of R8 million.
5. Anthony Laffor
Anthony Laffor is well known in the South African Premier Soccer League. He is a tall and tricky winger at Mamelodi Sundowns. Anthony Laffor has toured the South African Premier Soccer League before settling down with Sundowns; he was with Supersport United and Jomo Cosmos.
He was born on 17th February 1985 in Monrovia, Liberia, and has proven himself a valuable asset for the Liberian national team; he has 4 goals in 46 appearances for them.
He is currently worth about R13.8 million.
6. Khama Billiat
Khama Billiat is the famous number 11 of Kaizer Chiefs. He was born on 19th August 1990 in Harare, Zimbabwe, and also plays for the Zimbabwean National Team. He plays for Kaizer Chiefs as a forward-second striker.
Before joining Kaizer Chiefs he has previously played for Ajax Cape Town and Mamelodi Sundowns. He has scored over 200 goals in the South African Premier Soccer League, and he has 17 goals for the Zimbabwe National Team. His net worth is in the region of R12 million.
7. Elias Gaspar Pelembe
Elias Gasper Pelembe is the current forward-right winger for Bidvest Wits FC in the South African Premier Soccer League. He was born on 13th November 1983 in Maputo, Mozambique, but he also has South African citizenship.
Before joining Bidvest Wits he played for Supersport United and Mamelodi Sundowns. He has 16 goals for the Mozambique National Football Team. His net worth is approximately R10 million.
8. Oupa Manyisa
Oupa Manyisa is TTM FC’s midfield anchor. He was born on 30th July 1988 in Mohlakeng, Gauteng, South Africa. Before joining TTM he was with Mamelodi Sundowns and Orlando Pirates, although one can say that it was at Orlando Pirates that he actually played his best football.
Manyisa has 1 goal in 31 appearances for South Africa and a net worth of around R8 million.
9. Moeneeb Josephs
Moaneeb Josephs is the confident goalkeeper of AmaZulu FC in the South African Premier Soccer League. He was born on 19th May 1980 in Cape Town. He is well known for the confidence he exudes, and his abilities with the ball at his feet. Josephs is a highly rated goalkeeper in South Africa; he has the ability to make stunning saves, play as a sweeper, and distribute the ball comfortably with both feet.
Moeneeb Josephs has nearly 400 appearances in the South African Premier Soccer League; he has previously played for Cape Town Spurs, Ajax Cape Town, Wits University, Orlando Pirates, and Bidvest Wits. His net worth is estimated at around R7 million.
10. Sibusiso Vilakazi
Sibusiso Vilakazi is Mamelodi Sundowns’ troublesome number 11. He plays as an attacking midfielder, and sometimes as a forward for the club. He was born on 29th September 1989 in Soweto, Gauteng, South Africa.
Before joining Mamelodi Sundowns he was with Bidvest Wits. He is a member of the South Africa National Football Team, and he has 5 goals in 24 appearances for them. His net worth is approximately 7 million.
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Being one of the most developed football leagues on the continent, it is no surprise that South Africa has a colorful array of millionaire football stars. As we have mentioned in a previous article the economy of a country goes a long way in determining the finances of the football sector. Anyway, as a new generation of talented and equally hungry footballers wrestles the spotlight from the old guard, we are likely to see not just more millionaires, but footballers with even more impressive net-worth.