PSL players paid R11 000 per week

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According to a detailed study by British publication, the Daily Mail, South African footballers earn an average wage around R580,000 per year.

Nick Harris, an British football journalist, underwent the arduous process of detailing average wages from around the world, a process that resulted in him ranking the world’s top 34 leagues and the amount of money their players earn.

According to Harris’ study, South African players earn, on average, around R11,000 per week, a figure that is utterly dwarfed by the average of the highest paying division, the English Premier League, whose average wage is over R740,000 a week.

South Africa is the second highest paying league in Africa, behind Algeria, whose players earn around R23,000. That’s over R1,000,000 a year.

The Siya crew spoke to Harris about the process of selecting the leagues to cover, to which he replied, “It was a selection of 34 leagues across all continents, 33 top flight plus the English Championship. They were picked because they were ‘major’, a WC team or because data was possible.”

When asked where the data was collated from, he explained that it was ‘from a combination of league guidance, clubs and financial accounts’.

Another interesting statistic is that the average income of PSL clubs per year is around R52m, a figure that may sound high until you look at the income of the Big Three (Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates and Mamelodi Sundowns) whose large income will bring the average up, meaning that many clubs bring in substantially less. The same can be said for the average player wages.

South African clubs do have the biggest yearly income of any other African nation in the study though, bringing in over £1m more than Algeria’s league every year.

Interesting that, despite Algerian clubs earning about R17,000,000 less per year, they pay their players, on average, more than double what South African teams pay theirs.

To see the full study by Harris, click here

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