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Top 11 Richest Footballers in South Africa

South Africa is one of the African countries with several players that earn so much cash, high market demand, with excellent skills. 

Without a doubt, the list below is the wealthiest and most giant strides makers in South African Football, and they are as follows:

1. Andile Jali

Andile is a 31-year-old South African footballer with a playing position as a defensive midfielder and central midfielder. 

He has been super active since 2007 and gained admiration after joining the National First Division, but he started playing football in 2002 with the Hot Spurs football club. 

Andile, a valuable player in the confederation of African Football, made his way to Sundowns after his 2007 performance. With over 5 million dollars as net worth, Andile also has a market value of almost R20 million. 

Andile is married to Nonhle Ndala Jali and is a father of three children. More so, he and his teammates won three tournaments in 2010/11.

2. Thulani Hlatshwayo

Thulani is a South African footballer that earns over R150, 000 monthly. He played Ajax Cape Town between 2009 and 2014, played for Bidvest between 2014 and 2020, and is currently in Orlando Pirates. 

He gained prominence in 2005 and has scored four international goals and forty-eight international caps. He has been a defender in the Orlando Pirates and the South African national team. 

Though his career is not one with many awards yet, he has an outstanding market value and a net worth of over 3 million U.S. dollars. 

Thulani is a one-time U17 player in 2005 -07, U20 [2007-09], and U23[2009-12]. He had also made history with Bafana Bafana in 2018.

3. Bernard Parker

Bernard Parker is a South African footballer that was born in 1986 in Gauteng, South Africa.

He is an attacking midfielder and forwards that have played for Thanda Royal Zulu, Red Star, F.C. Twente Panserraikos, and Kaizer Chiefs.

Parker’s football career started when he was Transnet School of excellent till when he became a pro and joined the Thanda Royal Zulu in 2004. With experience and trophy-laden awards, Parker can boost 20 million as his net worth. 

The 35 years old south African footballer is married to Wendy Cherry and has scored 23 international goals with 73 international Caps.

4. Itumeleng Khune

The Northwest South African footballer was born on 20 June 1987 and is currently a goalkeeper for Kaizer Chiefs. 

He has won the Premier Soccer League three times, ABSA Cup three times, four times in the Telkom Knockout, and many more. 

Khune has not played for any team other than Abafana Bok’thula Kaizer Chiefs F.C. and has kept his spot in the group with 266 appearances and crowned 94 times. 

Khune, the number 32 jersey holder, earns R470 monthly and has signed a notable endorsement with brands like Nike, Kiwi Polish, Vaseline for men, Kentucky, and many more. 

He first tried as a striker and a defender before becoming an outstanding goalkeeper with a net worth of R15 million.

5. Siphiwe Tshabalala

Lawrence Siphiwe was born in September 1984 and played as a winger and an attacking midfielder at the South African National team. 

He began his career in 1991 with youth clubs like Phiri Arsenal, Phiri Movers, Kaizer Chiefs F.C, MOroka Swallows, and gained ground from 2007 after playing for Kaizer Chiefs with 28 goals from 292 appearances. 

Siphiwe has won many awards with 90 international caps and 12 international goals. Siphiwe receives R450 monthly and has a net of R13.8 million.

He is also one of the first two players to launch Nike’s CTR360 boots and had a child in 2015 with Bokang Montjane.

6. Dean Furman

Dean Furman is a South African midfielder that has played in most of the best footballing nations. 

He first began his career by playing for Chelsea[2003-06], Scottish side Ranger[2006-08], Rangers senior team[2008-09], Oldham Athletic[2009-13], Doncaster Rovers[[2013-15], Supersports United[2015-20] and finally, he has been with Carlisle United since 2020 till date. 

The Jewish south African footballer has a market value of R9 million earns. He has a BSc in sports science which he earned from the University of Manchester Metropolitan. 

Dean married Natasha Howarth from England in 2018 and welcomed a baby girl in June 2020. 

The 33-year-old midfielder has won about 58 international caps, four goals, and numerous awards. 

Dean, one of the highest-paid footballers in PSL and South Africa, has R14 million as net worth.

7. Kermit Erasmus

Kermit Erasmus is a south African striker and winger who played football in countries like Netherland, France, Sweden, etc., after signing for super Sports United in 2007. 

Due to his experience in football, Cape Town City F.C. signed him in 2019. Kermit scored three goals in the 2009 FIFA U20 World Cup and has more to show in experience than trophies. 

The 31-year striker has played in more than nine clubs since his career building to date. 

Kermit is a South African champion in 2007/08, has scored two international goals, 15 international Caps, and has 950,000 dollars as net worth. 

8. George Lebese

George Lebese is a south African left-winger and a three times South African DSTV premier League winner[2012,14,17], MTN8 Cup winner[2014], and South African cup winner in 2010. 

George was widely known and became a pro in 2007 and has played in South African teams like Kaizer Chiefs, Sundowns, SuperSports. 

He also co-founded Dream Skincare with Lehlohonolo Majoro and Mido Ochocinco. 

He has a market value of more than R3 million with over R14 million net worth. George’s international debut for South Africa against Ivory Coast took place in November 2011.

9. Innocent Maela

The South African professional soccer player Innocent Maela has played as a defender for Orlando pirates and the South Africa national football team. 

Innocent is a son to Eric Masiella and a half-brother to Tsepo Mesiella all footballers. He first started his career with Witbank Spurs and, ever since then, has played for just two other teams. 

His market value has pegged at R17 million and has R9.6 million as net worth at a very young age.

The 29 years old footballer was born in Witbank and has found the back of the net for his club sides.

10. Thembinkosi Lorch

Lorch is a South African midfielder that should and a renowned footballer in the country.

He started playing football with Maluti FET College in 2013 before joining Cape Town All Stars in 2015, Chippa united in 2016, and Orlando Pirates, where he has been breaking records as an attacker and midfielder. 

Lorch earns R108,000 monthly, has a market value of over R14 with so many endorsements deals sealed. 

Lorch was a one-time south African player who scored a goal that knocked Egypt out of competition in round 16 during the 2019 African cup of Nations.

11. Sibusiso Vilakazi

Sibusiso is another South African midfielder that plays so well and has won many trophies like South African Cup winner in 2019, CAF Super Cup winner in 2016, and lots more. 

He started his football career in 2009 with Bidvest Wits and has been playing either as a midfielder, right-winger, or center forward. 

He has a market value of R12 million, a net worth of R7 million, and is also a fan of Manchester United. 

Sibusiso won the player of the year in the 2013-14 season and still lives with his parents in Orlando East, Johannesburg.

Who is the richest footballer in 2021?

The richest footballer in 2021 is Faiq Bolkiah, with a net worth of 20 billion million. He was born in May 1998 in the Bruneian Royal Family and played as a midfielder for the Portuguese club and Brunei national team.

Who is the highest-paid player in PSL 2021?

Recently, Kaiser Chief has been the highest-paid player and makes over R950, 000 every month. The Kaizer Chief is a South African professional soccer club in Naturena established in January 1970.

Who is the wealthiest player in South Africa in 2021?

Late Anele Ngcongaca, a Bafana Bafana and Sundown defender, is the wealthiest player in South Africa with a net worth of R30 million. The player’s life was cut short by a car crash in 2020.


South Africa is a country with countless talented football players. The wealthiest South African players above have put in many skills and efforts to earn the spot.

Again, judging from their net worth, football is a lucrative game people explore worldwide, and these footballers have made noteworthy performances in South African sport.

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