The top paid South African soccer players in the league include Teko Modise of Sundowns, Siphiwe Tshabalala of Kaizer Chiefs, Itumeleng Khune of Kaizer Chiefs, Elias Pelembe of Sundowns and Anthony Laffor of Sundowns. The highest paid footballer in any league is not a South African soccer player, but a Portuguese player named Cristiano Ronaldo (of Real Madrid) who earns approximately 266 million Rand (R) a year.
The highest paid players in the PSL, or Premier Soccer League, in South Africa will make between R3.5 million and R5million each year according to the data gathered by popular football magazine KickOff. These high figures do include the endorsements that the players make themselves. The high wages are being offered to attract big-name football players that will attract and draw in fans of the sport.
South African football player salaries are not that high when compared to other football players around the world. Africa is still producing some of the best football players and is considered to be the soccer continent of the future as the talent continues to grow. There is a unique flair and energy that African players bring to European football when they transfer in to the European league and that energy and flair makes African football often more interesting to watch. West Africa began producing star talent as early as the 1990s and in the 2000s, they were able to form a fantastic international team that included captain Bouna Coundoul.