Khune: I was a free agent but no PSL team could afford salary even pirates and sundowns


Khune is a free agent if these PSL teams afford his salary demand thy could’ve signed him by now, but up to so far no interest has been shown by any team except SUNDOWNS which really shows that your poor team(RATS) and others don’t afford him.

According to Siya sources, Itumeleng Khune settled on R470,000 a month at Kaizer Chiefs when signing his new contract, a figure that works out around R5.6 million a year.

It is thought that, contrary to media reports, Khune hasn’t taken a pay cut from what he was earning in his last Amakhosi contract, however did have to lower his demands from what he was asking in his original renewal terms.

Khune was on Chiefs’ bench last night in the MTN8 quarterfinal win over Maritzburg United, signalling that he has put pen to paper on his new deal, and it is thought that he has agreed to a five-year deal that will run until 2020.

As reported in this week’s issue of Soccer Laduma, it was originally believed that Khune could bag up to R650,000 a month in his new deal with the Amakhosi, though it appears that he had to settle for substantially less at R470,000.


However, Khune’s wage does still make him one of, if not the, highest paid player in South Africa, especially following Elias Pelembe’s wage cut in joining Bidvest Wits from Mamelodi Sundowns.


It was reported today that Itumuleng Khune earns a whopping R5.6 million per year, but Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo gets over 100 times more.

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The Portuguese star was the highest-paid footballer in 2015, according to Forbes, earning an annual salary of R668 000 000 (€48 million, before tax and excluding endorsement deals).

Boxers Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao were the only two sportsmen who received a higher salary than the Real Madrid superstar.

When comparing Ronaldo’s salary to Khune, who will become one of the South African Premier Soccer League’s best-paid players, it really puts into perspective how vast the gap is between the football’s top earners globally, and those in South Africa.

So we had a look at how Khune’s reported salary compares to Ronaldo’s:

Itumeleng Khune

Salary per year: R5 640 000

Salary per month: R470 000

Salary per week: R117 500

Cristiano Ronaldo

Salary per year: R668 000 000 (€48 million)

Salary per month: R55.6 million (€4 million)

Salary per week: R13.9 million (€1 million)

If you do the maths, Ronaldo earns about 119 times more than Khune. Let that sink in – one hundred and nineteen times the salary of one of South Africa’s best-paid players!khune

For those interested, Lionel Messi earns R618 million (€44.5 million) per year, which is 110 times more than Khune.