Looking at the richest football players in South Africa one can get a sense of pride. The South African Premier Soccer League, which was established in 1996, has already become so lucrative that some of the top earners are even better paid than some players in Europe and America.
This is why most South Africans are very happy to stay in the local league, and also why the South African Premier Soccer League is very attractive to Africans, Asians, and even South Americans.
The football stars in South Africa can become rich because the league is well organized, and funded. Teams make a lot of money from ticket sales, and the TV rights are also great. The South African league is one of the richest on the continent.
Richest Football Players In South Africa 2022
1. Bernard Parker
Net Worth: R20 million
Bernard Parker, with his talent and leadership abilities, is rightfully the richest soccer player in South Africa at the moment. He was born 16th March 1986, in Boksburg, South Africa. He plays for Kaizer Chiefs in the PSL as a forward or second striker, and has been one of longest serving members of the team.
Bernard Parker earns around R300,000 per month, and he has a net worth estimated to be more than R20 million ($1.4 million). Bernard Parker is therefore one of the highest earning players in this generation of South African Premier Soccer League stars; a thing which he has achieved with sheer dedication.
He started his career at Thanda Royal Zulu in the Premier Soccer League, and then he went to Europe on loan with Serbian side Red Star Belgrade. He then went to FC Twente in 2009, where he spent a season and a half. During his time in the Eredivisie, Parker won the 2009-10 Eredivisie and the 2010 Johan Cruyff Shield.
He returned to South Africa and linked up with Kaizer Chiefs where he has become one of the most dependable members of the team. He is happily married to Wendy Cherry, and he has two children. He has purchased homes for himself, and for his mother. He drives exotic cars such as a Range Rover Evoque and several BMWs.
2. Itumeleng Khune
Net Worth: R17 million
Itumeleng Isaac Khune is one of the most prominent names in South African football circles. He is the captain of both the South African National Football Team, and Kaizer Chiefs. He is a goalkeeper per excellence; he takes absolute command of his backline, and his sharp reflexes help him produce some of the finest and most spectacular saves which make him the poster boy of the goalkeeping department.
He was born 20th June 1987, in Ventersdorp, South Africa, and has been active in the game since around 1999 when he joined Kaizer Chiefs as a striker. He had to be converted to a goalkeeper when he caught the eye of a goalkeeper trainer, although he was experiencing chest problems at the time.
Since being promoted to the first team as a goalkeeper back in 2004, he has won several laurels with Kaizer Chiefs, including 3 PSL titles, and 3 Goalkeeper of the Season awards. He has represented the national team in almost all competitions.
He earns around R450,000 per month at Kaizer Chiefs, and owns a house in Johannesburg.
3. Teko Modise
Net Worth: R14.2 million
Teko Modise was born 22nd December 1982, he is therefore one of those with the most accomplished careers in the PSL. He has been a lifelong lover of Kaizer Chiefs Football Club of South Africa; although he has played with a host of football clubs including Ria Stars, City Pillars, Supersport United, Orlando Pirates, Mamelodi Sundowns, and Cape Town City.
In his career he made a fortune estimated to be around R14 million, and he is still earning an undisclosed amount with Cape Town City, although not in a playing role.
He bought a house at Fourways, Johannesburg, in 2016, although he has other properties. As for vehicles; he owns a Jeep, Ford Mustang, and Aston Martin.
4. Siphiwe Tshabalala
Net Worth: R13.8 million
The whole world will never forget Siphiwe Tshabalala; his opening goal of the FIFA World Cup held in South Africa in 2010 was a powerful screamer etched in the memories of all who saw it. He recently played for Amazulu; and he is still with the Bafana Bafana.
His estimated net worth of R13.8 million dollars comes from sign on fees and wages earn throughout a career that has seen him play at Alexandra United, Free State Stars, Kaizer Chiefs, and AmaZulu in South Africa; as well as BB Erzurumspor in Turkey.
Siphiwe Tshabalala has several beautiful cars, as well as a beautiful house in Johannesburg.
5. Anthony Laffor
Net Worth: R13.8 million
Anthony Laffor is a Liberian International who has spent the better part of his career in South Africa. Anthony Laffor is a dependable footballer; he most recently played for Chippa United in PSL, and before that he played for LISCR, Ashanti Gold, LISCR, Jomo Cosmos, Supersport United, and Mamelodi Sundowns.
Anthony Laffor was a onetime captain of the Liberian National Team. He is a natural winger, and very good and dribbling his way towards goal. He was born 17th February 1985, in Monrovia, Liberia.
His net worth of R13.8 million comes from his earnings; he reportedly made as much as R380,000 per month at Mamelodi Sundowns. He is also an entrepreneur; he owns the AL28 clothing line which is sold in many top clothing stores across South Africa.
He owns a house in Cape Town, and at least two cars as per the pictures he himself posted on the internet. However, reports say he also owns Ford Everest XLT, BMW 5 series, Mazda CX-5, and BMW X3.
6. Khama Billiat
Net Worth: R12 million
Khama Billiat is one of the most talented footballers in South Africa; he hails from Zimbabwe but has spent the most of his career in South Africa. He was born 19th August 1990, in Harare, Zimbabwe, and started his career at Aces Youth Soccer Academy. He was a professional in 1990 with CAPS United in Zimbabwe. From there he landed in South Africa with Ajax Cape Town, and then moved to Mamelodi Sundowns, and then again to Kaizer Chiefs.
Khama Billiat’s estimated net worth is R12 million, and the money comes from his sign on fees and monthly earnings over the course of his career as a forward or second striker.
Khama Billiat has a house in Johannesburg, and another one in Harare, Zimbabwe. He is happily married to Esnath Munyedawo with whom he has a daughter, although it was alleged that he paid the bride price for a South African television presenter.
7. Elias Gaspar Pelembe
Net Worth: R10 million
Elias Gasper Pelembe was born 13th November 1983, in Maputo, Mozambique, but has become one of the richest footballers in South Africa, after years of mega earnings in the PSL. He is a midfielder whose diminutive stature helps him twist and turn his way towards the opponent goal area.
Over the years, teams have appreciated his talent, and jostled for his services. As a young player he played for Estrela Vermelha, Desportivo Maputo, before playing in the senior team of Desportivo Maputo. He landed in South Africa in 2007, with Supersport United, Mamelodi Sundowns, Bidvest Wits, Polokwane City, and now Royal AM F.C.
He is reported to earn around R350,000 per month. He has dual South African and Mozambican citizenship.
8. Oupa Manyisa
Net Worth: R8 million
Oupa Mansiya is a classic central midfielder. He plays for Chippa United in the PSL but has previously featured for several other South African clubs. He was born 30th July 1988, in Mohlakeng, Randfontein, South Africa.
He started his career in the youth sides Napoli FC (South Africa), PJ Stars, and Africa Sports Youth Academy. He then played in the senior sides; Orlando Pirates, Mamelodi Sundowns, TTM, and Platinum City Rovers FC.
He is a delight to watch; his dribbling and ball control are top notch, which is why he has attracted some of the biggest clubs in the country. He has won the PSL a total of 4 times; with 2 different clubs, and has won several other accolades in his career.
9. Moeneeb Josephs
Net Worth: R7 million
Moeneeb Josephs was born 19th May 1980, in Cape Town, South Africa. He played as a goalkeeper for more than 20 years in the South African PSL; made 24 appearances for the Bafana Bafana.
He played for Westdale, Westridge Rovers, Cape Town Spurs during his youth career, and then as a senior player he played for Cape Town Spurs, Ajax Cape Town, Wits University, Orlando Pirates, Bidvest Wits, and AmaZulu. When he went to Orlando Pirates it was for a record breaking transfer fee.
10. Sibusiso Vilakazi
Net Worth: R7 million
Sibusiso Vilakazi was born 29th December 1989, in Soweto, South Africa. He is one of the deadliest attacking midfielders in the country, as evidenced by the kind of money he earns every month. Sibusiso Vilakazi is one of the most sought after players in his position; he started his youth career at Bidvest Wits, and then played for the senior team of Bidvest Wits for several years before joining Mamelodi Sundowns, and now TS Galaxy.
He has won the PSL 5 times with Mamelodi Sundowns, making him one of the most decorated players in the history of the PSL, and therefore rightfully earning him the kind of money he makes monthly. He reportedly earned R220,000 per month at Bidvest, and earns something similar currently.
The richest football players in South Africa have not just come into the league to grab money; most of them have made their mark, and contributed their quota to the overall development of the sport in the country. Having seen how successful this crop of players has become; the younger generation can therefore stay back and build the league, knowing that that their financial futures will be taken care of.