Top 15 Richest Footballers In South Africa

In today’s article, you will learn about the Top 15 Richest Footballers in South Africa, which is a topic that will pique your interest.

With so many people interested in learning more about footballers all over the world, we anticipated that many would be interested in learning more about the richest footballers in Africa, as well as other specific countries and continents such as Europe, America, Asia, and so on. That is why we have compiled a list of the richest footballers in South Africa.

Football has risen to become one of the most, if not the most, entertaining sports in the world at the present time, according to many experts.

With the help of the round leather game played with the foot, which has become a yardstick for uniting people all over the world, millions of those who participate have been able to achieve some level of fame and wealth, whether locally or internationally.

This article presents the top 15 list of the wealthiest footballers in South Africa, along with their net worth and the clubs for which they currently play.

Football is no longer only valued by foreigners; in fact, African countries are now included among the continents that place a high value on the sport. A number of African countries, including South Africa, hold football in high regard, including Nigeria, Egypt, and Tunisia.

South Africa is one of the African countries that is doing everything it can to raise the standard of football in its local leagues with the sole goal of competing with the leagues of more developed countries that are well-known around the world, such as the United Kingdom and Europe.

In addition, as demonstrated by the list of the top 15 richest South African footballers presented in this article, this is also true for South Africans as a whole.

The 15 Richest Footballers In South Africa 2022

RankRichest Footballers In South Africa 2022Estimated Net Worth
#1Andile Jali$3,000,000
#2Thulani Hlatshwayo$2,000,000
#3Bernard Parker$1,300,000
#4Itumeleng Khune$1,000,000
#5Dean Furman$980,000
#6George Lebese$950,000
#7Siphiwe Tshabalala$930,000
#8Kermit Erasmus$900,000
#9Innocent Maela$680,000
#10Oupa Manyisa$530,000
#11Thembinkosi Lorch$500,000
#12Themba Zwane$500,000
#13Sibusiso Vilakazi$470,000
#14Lehlohonolo Majoro$283,000
#15Ronwen Williams$280,000

15. Ronwen Williams-$280,000

Ronwen Williams - Richest Footballers in South Africa
Ronwen Williams

Ronwen Hayden Williams is a South African goalie who is currently playing for a local club in South Africa, called SuperSport United, and also the South African national team. 

Born and bred in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, on 21 January 1992, Ronwen Williams has played in the youth ranks of Tottenham Hotspur but couldn’t progress to the first team before moving to SuperSport United in his home country where he began his football career.

Ronwen Williams although is not playing at the highest level, however, he is doing well for himself at his local club.

He has been able to gather a ton of money to afford a comfortable life as well as prominence. He has made a total of 19 appearances for the South African national team.

14. Lehlohonolo Majoro-$283,000

Lehlohonolo Michael Majoro who is 5 ft 9.5 (5′ 9″) tall, is a South African professional footballer currently playing for Premier Soccer League club Amazulu in South Africa. He also plays for the South African national team as a forward.

Lehlohonolo Majoro is a native of Ladybrand in  South Africa and was born on August 19, 1986. He began playing football in 2005 in several youth academies such as Manyatseng United Brothers, University of the Free State, etc.

His senior professional career began at AmaZulu where he played for the club for one season before sealing a move to Kaizer Chiefs which plays in the South African league. 

Lehlohonolo Majoro has also played for top clubs in the South African leagues including Orlando Pirates, Cape Town City before returning to Amazulu where he is currently playing for.

He has also represented South Africa at the International level, featuring 10 times for the national team.

13. Sibusiso Vilakazi-$470,000

Sibusiso Vilakazi is a prolific midfield maestro who plays for Mamelodi Sundowns in the South African Premier Soccer League. He has had 27 international caps for South Africa. Vilakazi hails from Soweto, In South Africa, and was born on December 29, 1989.

Sibusiso Vilakazi Is also one of the most decorated and highly regarded footballers in the south African league with several awards to his name. He is a recipient of the player of the season and players’ player of the season awards. 

Sibusiso Vilajazi began his professional career at Bidvest Wits where he spent seven seasons with a total of 177 appearances and 32 goals for the club. He is one of the richest South African footballers.

12. Themba Zwane-$500,000

Themba Zwane - Richest Footballers in South Africa

Themba Zwane is another prominent South African professional footballer who plays as a midfielder and sometimes as a winger for Mamelodi Sundowns and the South African national team.

Themba hails from Tembisa, South Africa, and has already made more than 300 appearances for Mamelodi Sundowns, while he has played 23 times for the South African national team. He’s had a total of 74 career goals in 326 appearances for both club and country.

Then a Zwane has won several individual titles including the PSL midfielder, player, and footballer of the season.

11. Thembinkosi Lorch-$500,000

Thembinkosi Lorch is a prolific goal machine from South Africa who is playing his trade at Orlando Pirates.

He can play as an attacking midfielder and so far he has played 93 games for Orlando Pirates in which he has scored 16 goals.

Lorch was awarded the South African Player of the Season and Player’s player of the season.

He made his debut for the South African national team in 2016 and since then he has only made seven appearances for the national team. 

At Orlando Pirates, Lorch is paid handsomely for his services and this is evident in his net worth, and like other players listed here, Lorch has football as his primary source of income.

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10. Oupa Manyisa-$530,000

Oupa Manyisa - Richest Footballers in South Africa
Oupa Manyisa

Oupa Manyisa is a South African born midfield maestro who hails from Johannesburg, South Africa.

Born on July 30, 1988, Oupa Manyisa began playing football in 2008 and has also played for several clubs such as Orlando Pirates and Mamelodi Sundowns. 

Oupa Manyisa has been with Orlando Pirates since 2008 and during this time he has won two trebles including a second-place finish in the Confederation Cup. He is the record holder for the most appearance, 163.

He is also among the few South African players to have played against top players such as Luis Suarez, Lionel Messi, and other top players from Barcelona. 

Oupa has won the African DSTV Premier League and the MTN8 Cup.

9. Innocent Maela-$680,000

Innocent Maela is a South African left full-back, currently posting for the Orlando Pirates. He previously played for Witbank Spurs and Thanda Royal Zulu.

Maela was born on August 15, 1992, in Witbank, South Africa. He has so far featured 89 times for his present Orlando Pirates which he joined in 2017.

Innocent Maela has also registered a total of 11 goals for his various teams and has featured for the South African national team, eight times.

8. Kermit Erasmus-$900,000

Kermit Erasmus is a 31 year old forward who is played for a host of clubs both in the South African league and in other leagues outside Africa, such as Lens, Victoria De Setubal, Excelsior, Orlando Pirates, Stade Rennes, etc.

He is currently playing for Mamelodi Sundowns which he joined in 2020.

Kermit Erasmus has also represented his beloved country 15 times.

7. Siphiwe Tshabalala-$930,000

Siphiwe is a pace winger, known for his quick feet and fronts which he uses to trick his opponents.

He will fondly be remembered for his crucial goal in the 2010 FIFA World Cup against Egypt which led to their being knocked out of the competition. Siphiwe was born in Soweto, South Africa.

Siphiwe formerly played for Kaizer Chiefs for eleven years before sealing a move to his current club Amazulu. He has also played in Turkey where he was paid a good amount for his services as his net worth shows. 

6. George Lebese-$950,000

George Lebese is a prolific winger who hails from Mamelodi, South Africa, and is currently playing for TTM FC in the South African Premier League. 

Lebese also played for Kaizer Chiefs before he was loaned to SuperSport United where he spent only one season at the club.

He later moved to the United States to play for Colorado Springs Switchbacks, but as a result of the Covid-19 Pandemic, his contract was terminated due to the restrictions on travelers. 

5. Dean Furman-$980,000

Dean Furman happens to be one of the most experienced South African footballers who has played in some of the highly recognized clubs in the world such as Chelsea, Rangers FC, Doncaster, Oldham Athletic, etc. 

A native of Cape Town, South Africa, Dean Furman played for SuperSport United for five seasons, a king a total of 101 appearances before moving to Carlisle United where he played only one season for the club.

He is currently playing for Altrincham.

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4. Itumeleng Khune-$1 million 

Itumeleng Khune is a South African shot-stopper who has been playing for Kaizer Chiefs all through his professional career.

He is also the number one goalie for the South African national team and also the captain of both the national team and club.

At 34 years of age, Itumeleng who hails from Ventersdorp, South Africa, has already made 266 appearances for the Kaizer Chiefs since he joined the club from the youth ranks in 2004.

He is also one of the highest capped players in the South African national team with 91 caps.

Itumeleng has won numerous trophies with Kaizer Chiefs including 3 Premier League Soccer titles along with others.

3. Bernard Parker-$1.3 million

Born in Boksburg, South Africa, Bernard Parker is one of the richest footballers in South Africa. He is currently playing for Kaizer chiefs with over 200 appearances and 45 goals across all competitions.

Bernard Parker who plays as a winger or attacking midfielder for Kaizer Chiefs, has represented South Africa at the international level and has so far played 73 times for his dear country.

With Kaizer Chiefs, Bernard Parker has won the Lesley Manyathela Golden Boot and two league titles.

Thulani Hlatshwayo - Richest Footballers in South Africa

2. Thulani Hlatshwayo – $2 million

Thulani is the second-highest earner and richest South African footballer who plays as a center-back for Orlando Pirates and the South African national team.

Thulani Hlatshwayo was born and bred in Soweto, South Africa, and began his football career at Ajax Cape Town in 2005. He is known for his composure on the ball, his agility, and stamina as well as his ability to win aerial duels.

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1. Andile Jali – $3 million

The number one ranking on the list of the top 15 richest South African footballers is the outstanding midfield maestro Andile Jali. Currently playing for Mamelodi Sundowns and the South African national with 44 caps. 

Andile Jali is one of the few players to have won the South African premier league title with different clubs (Orlando Pirates and Mamelodi Sundowns). He is also the highest-paid player in Mamelodi Sundowns and the richest in South Africa.

Richest Footballers In South Africa (Summary) 

Here is a quick sum-up of the Top 15 Richest Footballers in South Africa.

  1. Andile Jali-$3 million
  2. Thulani Hlatshwayo-$2 million
  3. Bernard Parker-$1.3 million
  4. Itumeleng Khune-$1 million
  5. Dean Furman-$980,000
  6. George Lebese-$950,000
  7. Siphiwe Tshabalala-$930,000
  8. Kermit Erasmus-$900,000
  9. Innocent Maela-$680,000
  10. Oupa Manyisa-$530,000
  11. Thembinkosi Lorch-$500,000
  12. Themba Zwane-$500,000
  13. Sibusiso Vilakazi-$470,000
  14. Lehlohonolo Majoro-$283,000
  15. Ronwen Williams-$280,000

Indeed, one doesn’t need to play football at the highest level to achieve some level of success and wealth.

The players listed in this article have been playing in their Country’s local leagues all their life and yet they are doing well.

Their net worth presented in this article agrees to the fact that you can still become successful even while playing in your local league.

Those who participate in South Africa’s local leagues are doing well for themselves because they have been able to achieve a certain level of prominence while also accumulating wealth and receiving a good weekly wage to support themselves.

Without a doubt, in order for a player to earn a significant amount of money, whether at the international or local level, he must be outstanding in his club, possess incredible skills, and be in high demand in the market, making him indispensable to the club and allowing the club to pay a large sum of money for his services.

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