The Highest-paid players in the country are most likely to come from Mamelodi Sundowns, the club has been thriving in the last decade, winning a total of 8 league titles. The Brazilians are known for their deep pockets, high-profile players, and most talented players in their squad.
The Dstv Premiership Champions are not shy in the market, they go all in to recruit the players they want. One of the biggest signees they acquired in the past season was the retention of maestro Bongani Zungu from Rangers (Scotland) who was on loan from a French side Amiens.
In this article we will take a look at the ballers at Chloorkop, here is the list of the top 10 highest-paid Mamelodi Sundowns players in 2023.
10. Erwin Saavendra Salary – R350,000
Erwin Mario Saavedra Flores is a Bolivian who signed for Mamelodi Sundowns in 2022, playing in the DSTV Premiership and the Bolivia national team. Mainly a right midfielder, he can also play as a right-back.
Saavedra has not been influential in the Brazilian squad, as he only made 5 appearances in the 2022-23 season.
9. Brian Onyango Salary – R380,000
Brian Mandela Onyango is a Kenyan professional footballer who plays as a centre back for Mamelodi Sundowns and the Kenya national team. Onyango has been in South Africa since 2012 when he joined a Cape Town-based side Santos and later joined Maritzburg United before moving to Chloorkop.
8. Peter Shalulile Salary – R400,000
Peter is a product of Tura Magic FC in Namibia, a club he joined when they were campaigning in the NFA Khomas second division and helped gain promotion in the 2011–2012 season. In 2015 he joined Highlands Park after an impressive showing at the COSAFA Cup and helped them gain promotion to the Premier Soccer League.
In the 2019-20 season, the deadly striker claimed the PSL top goal scorer award, ever since then he never looked back winning the accolade consistently. Peter is known around the league for his trademark tucked-in shirt, which he does as a sign of respect and he also won the Player of the Season award in the 2019-20 season.
7. Gaston Serino Salary – R400,000
Leandro Gastón Sirino Rodríguez is a South African Uruguayan professional footballer who plays as a winger for South African Premier Division club Mamelodi Sundowns. Many South African football fans wish he could be included in the Bafana Bafana squad after acquiring South African citizenship. The skillful number 10 has stamped his authority in South African football, he made his debut against Kaizer Chiefs in the Shell Helix Cup in the 2018-19 season.
6. Thapelo Morena Salary – R400,000
Morena signed a five-year deal in June 2020 with Mamelodi Sundowns and has contributed immensely to the success of the club. The reigning DStv Premiership champions have gone ahead and extended his stay at Chloorkop until 2025.
5. Kennedy Mweene Salary – R420,000
The 38-year-old Zambian shot-stopper joined Mamelodi Sundowns in 2013. Having moved to South Africa in 2005 when he joined Free State Star, spending over 8 years with Ea Lla Kota before moving to Downs. As one of his decorated accolades, Mweeni won the 2012 African Cup of Nations with Zambia.
4. Marcello Allende Salary – R430,000
The Chilean international was close to joining English Premier League side Arsenal but opted to join Mamelodi Sundowns. The talented playmaker has played a total of 24 games for Mamelodi Sundowns in the 2022-23 season in all competitions, scoring 4 goals.
3. Denis Onyango Salary – R450,000
Denis Onyango is the most accomplished domestic footballer with 10 league titles under his belt and doesn’t show any signs of slowing down. He has won 7 league titles with his current team Mamelodi Sundowns, while previously won 3 with SuperSport United. Denis was brought into the country by Pisto Mosimane in 2006 from Saint George based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
2. Ronwen Williams Salary – R500,000
On 21 July 2022, Williams signed with Mamelodi Sundowns after a 12-year colourful career with SuperSport United. He made his debut in the 2022/23 opener against Cape Town City FC and never looked back. The goalkeeper of the season has set a record of 18 clean sheets in the 2022-23 season, breaking Moneb Josephs’ 17 clean sheet record set back in the 2009-10 season when he was playing for Orlando Pirates.
1. Bongani Zungu Salary – R700,000
The well-traveled veteran is no stranger to Brazilian colours after spending 3 years with Mamelodi Sundowns before moving abroad. The Duduza-born playmaker has spent over 6 years in Europe before his return to Chloorkop. He has played for Victoria de Guimaraes in Portugal, Amiens in France, and Rangers in Scotland.