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 Written by Danesius Marteh,
danesius.marteh@frontpageafricaonline.com; Martina Brooks, martinabrooks123@yahoo.com

Monrovia - According to soccerladuma.co.za, Snorti Laffor is fifth on the elite list, earning somewhere in the region of US$25,836 (R350, 000). Laffor missed Sundowns’ 2-1 lost away to Golden Arrows on Saturday following a calf injury he picked-up during the 1-0 win over Tunisia in the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium on September 5.

Laffor’s teammate, Teko Modise and Kaizer Chiefs midfielder Siphiwe Tshabalala earn about US$22,145 (R300,000) to US$33,218 (R450,000) a month. Other players earning similar figures a month include Kaizer Chiefs goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune and Sundowns stars and Elias Pelembe. The figures exclude the endorsements that the players earn. It is only recently that PSL clubs have been paying such high salaries.

A few years ago, it was unimaginable for a PSL player to be earning so much. Three years ago, former Arsenal and West Ham star Luis Boa Morte joined defending champions Orlando Pirates. It was reported that Boa Morte would earn close to half a million Rand a month. Former Bafana Bafana star Benni McCarthy also returned to South Africa two years ago and signed for Soweto giants Orlando Pirates and was reported to be earning R450, 000 a month.

While their wages seem staggering, South African footballers earn peanuts compared to their overseas counterparts. The world’s highest paid footballer, Portuguese star Cristiano Ronaldo earns about US$19,635,588 (R266 million) a year from Real Madrid. This means Ronaldo earns about US$1,623,996 (R22 million) a month, US$369,090 (R5 million) a week, US$54,256 (R735, 000) a day, US$2,878 (R39, 000) an hour and US$46.210 (R626) a minute. The Portugal captain 10-day wage is what the highest-paid players in South African earn in a year.

His monthly salary is three times the amount that the highest-paid footballers in South Africa earn in a year and his annual salary is 39 times more than what they earn annually. Also, the record transfer fee in PSL history for an internal transfer is US$664,362 (R9, 000,000), a figure that Ronaldo makes in a little less than two weeks. Other footballers who earn similar salaries to Ronaldo include Brazil captain Neymar Junior and Argentina captain Lionel Messi of Barcelona and Sweden captain Zlatan Ibrahimović of Paris Saint-Germain.

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