Fri. Sep 25th, 2020

PSL: Highest-paid players in the South African top-flight in 2020

Who is laughing all the way to the bank? We take a look at who the highest-paid PSL players are in 2020.

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The PSL, as a whole, has a considerable wage bill, with the average player salary calculated at around R100 000 per month.

However, some players are above average and, as a result, command wages higher than their peers.

We take a look at who the highest-paid PSL players are in 2020.

Highest paid PSL players in 2020

Buhle Mkhwanazi (Bidvest Wits) – R250 000

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Cape Town-181002- Bidvest Wits defender Buhle Mkhwanazi challenge Cape Town City’s Craig Martin in a PSL clash at the Cape Town stadium.Wits are fighting to get back the top spot after poor display in their last two games .Photographs:Phando Jikelo/African News Agency/ANA

Whoever is set to land the services of Bafana defender Buhle Mkhwanazi next season will have to at least keep up with one of the highest salaries currently being dished out in the PSL.

The 30-year-old is linked with a move to Kaizer Chiefs, following the sale of Bidvest Wits.

Gaston Sirino (Mamelodi Sundowns) – R300 000

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Gaston Sirino of Mamelodi Sundowns celebrates goal during the CAF Champions League match between Mamelodi Sundowns and AS Otoho Doyo on the 24 August 2019 at Lucas Moripe, Pretoria Pic Sydney Mahlangu/ BackpagePix

Arguably one of the best players in South Africa’s top-flight currently, Sirino is also one of the league’s top earners.

Bernard Parker (Kaizer Chiefs) – R300 000 

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Bernard Parker of Kaizer Chiefs during the Absa Premiership 2019/20 match between Kaizer Chiefs and Black Leopards at the Moses Mabhida Stadium, Durban on the 10 August 2019 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

One of Kaizer Chiefs’ top goal-scorers in the PSL era is among their highest earners. Parker joined the Glamour Boys from FC Twente in 2011, and is believed to be earning R300 000 per month.

Elias Pelembe (Bidvest Wits) – R320 000

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Elias Pelembe of Bidvest Wits during the 2020 Nedbank Cup Quarterfinal match between Real Kings and Bidvest Wits at the Sugar Ray Xulu Stadium, Clermont on the 13 March 2020 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

One of the oldest players in the PSL also happens to be one of the highest paid. The 36-year-old might feature sparingly for Bidvest Wits, but is said to pocket over a quarter of a million each month.

Anthony Laffor (Mamelodi Sundowns) – R380 000

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Anthony Laffor of Mamelodi Sundowns during 2019 PSL season. Photo: Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

He may be somewhat of a forgotten man, given his recent injury issues that have kept him out of the starting line-up at Sundowns, but the Liberian attacker still commands one of the highest salaries being dished out in the PSL at present.

Itumeleng Khune (Kaizer Chiefs) – R480 000 

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Itumeleng Khune of Kaizer Chiefs during the Absa Premiership 2019/20 match between Kaizer Chiefs and Cape Town City at the FNB Stadium, Johannesburg on the 12 January 2020 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

Like Laffor, Itumeleng Khune has spent most of the past two years on the bench for Kaizer Chiefs, but has been smiling all the way to the bank. The 33-year-old is said to be pocketing a handsome R480 000 each month at the Naturena-based outfit.

Khama Billiat (Kaizer Chiefs) – R830 000 

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Khama Billiat of Kaizer Chiefs during the Absa Premiership 2019/20 match between Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates at FSoccer City, Polokwane, on 09 November 2019 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

After seeing out his contract with Mamelodi Sundowns, the Zimbabwean international would have been eyeing a move abroad, but was convinced to remain in South Africa by Kaizer Chiefs.

Persuading Billiat to trade the Tshwane giants for the iconic side from Soweto did not come cheap, as Chiefs reportedly fork out close to R1 million every month to keep him at Naturena.

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