South African soccer players are notorious for their spending exploits. Fast, flashy cars also often feature prominently in most discussions about South African soccer players and their cars.
GTIs, Ferraris, Range Rovers, BMWs and Mercs are some of the most popular cars driven by footballers in the top flight circuit.
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The Kaizer Chiefs midfielder counts Lexus SA as one of his sponsors. He also has his own collection of cars, including a Range Rover Sport 3.0 VL6 Supercharged HSE SUV, which can go from 0 to 60mph in 4.5 seconds, and a BMW M3. According to football publication Soccer Laduma, the highest paid Kaizer Chiefs player is midfielder Siphiwe Tshabalala, who reportedly earns between R300 000 to R450 000 a month.
The Mamelodi Sundowns midfielder has an expensive fleet of cars, including an Aston Martin DB9 with a powerful V8 engine. The DB9 has an estimated price tag of $39 950 (about R578 494) – and that’s the cheapest model.
He also has a Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8, with an estimated value of R1 million. He also has a BMW M3 with an estimated value of R800 000.
It’s estimated that the top bracket of earners in the Premier Soccer League (PSL) earn in excess of R200 000 and R450 000 per month.
Improved business operations within the league as well as the business of sport, have contributed to the growth of the local league. Over the past few years the league has grown to such an extent that it’s now one of the world’s top leagues financially. (It’s ranked as one of the top 10 leagues in the world financially).
Despite the high salaries, the downside to the topic of South African soccer players and their cars often includes news about reckless spending by the players.
The 33-year-old former Bafana Bafana captain has often been rumoured to be struggling with keeping up with his expensive lifestyle, with reports of his cars being repossessed making the rounds.