Imagine being paid for running around, kicking the ball, and scoring a goal or 2. I’ve got one better, imagine running around, kicking the ball, and being paid for scoring no goals at all.

    Some people really have nice careers. I’m sure these players have to be calculative here and there, but I imagine myself as a soccer player, and half the match I will probably spend thinking about what I’m going to eat as soon as the game is over.

    It is too late for me now, but in my next life, I want to be one of the highest-paid strikers/forwards.

    These people make real money. How they spend it can be a bit questionable sometimes, but that is none of our business.

    If these top-paid strikers/forwards are your friends, please encourage them, to save a little for some rainy days. But otherwise, I hope they enjoy every cent they ran for.

    Soccer is a game of blood (injuries), sweat and tears, and all top-paid strikers/forwards deserve every dime they receive. I am a couch potato; I have no image of myself running around for over 90 minutes but getting 200k per month would surely be motivation enough.

    I think these top-paid strikers/forwards should not only be paid for the game they bring to the pitch but for the entertainment too.

    Soccer players do really weird and sometimes funny things on these grounds. When that payslip arrives, a portion of their salary should fall under entrainment, because we as the public have had some good laughs and conversations throughout the night, and sometimes for days because of these guys. Somebody, please give them a pat on the back.

    Here is a list of top-paid strikers/forwards in the PSL:

    Khama Billiat

    Currently, Khama Billiat is one of the PSL’s highest-paid players thanks to Kaizer Chiefs for fairly compensating him.

    He earns an annual salary of over R12 million ($650,433) and a monthly pay of almost R1 million ($54,203).

    Gift Motupa

    Mamelodi Sundowns forward Gift has developed into one of the most sought-after soccer players in the nation since signing with his first professional team, Baroka FC, in 2009.

    Gift’s net worth is projected to reach between $1 million and $3 million in 2022. His main sources of income are playing football and the numerous sponsorships he receives from companies all around the country.

    Samir Nurkovic

    Although there has always been discussion about Samir’s pay, most people agree that he makes at least R950 000 a year, playing for Kaizer Chiefs.

    He was apparently wanted by both Abha FC and Kuwait Sporting Club, with both clubs reportedly willing to pay up to US$800,000 for the striker for the entire 2020 season.

    Samir requested a new contract soon after his last one expired as he was no longer prepared to accept his prior salary of R120 000 per month.

    Kermit Erasmus

    Since he started playing football 13 years ago, Erasmus has garnered enormous rewards. His current salary at Mamelodi Sundowns is R450 000. Kermit was trained at the SuperSport United Youth Academy and has a net worth of $600,000 as of 2022. 

    Gastón Sirino

    Gastón is regarded as one of the most talented attackers and is capable of playing in any forward position. For his current team Mamelodi Sundowns, he is well-known for making wide appearances and cutting in on either his right or left foot.

    Sirino makes roughly R400 000 a month and has been a part of several famous Mamelodi Sundowns moments, including scoring the club’s game-winning goal in the 2019/2020 Nedbank Cup Final.

    Bernard Parker

    Parker is a Kaizer Chiefs striker or midfielder. He made 70 appearances for Thanda Royal Zulu in the PSL, which was the beginning of his football career before being loaned out to Red Star Belgrade.

    In 2009, he transferred to Eredivisie FC and later spent a season on loan with Panserraikos in the Greek Super League. After being sold to Kaizer Chiefs in 2011, Parker made over 200 games and scored over 40 goals. He receives R300 000 per month, and the star has won the Lesley Manyathela Golden Boot for 2014–14. Not only that, but while playing for the South African club, he also won the MTN 8 and Nedbank Cup.

    The data clearly shows that some of our well-known soccer stars are well-compensated. These elite football players or rather top-paid strikers/forwards have devoted a lot of their time and energy to developing their physical qualities, agility and so much more. The salaries are well deserved!



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