They say if you’re good at something, you should never do it for free. So we should all perhaps take a leaf out of the books of the richest South African sports stars, and start charging megabucks for things we are well versed in.
They’ve worked hard, become the best in their field, and consistently produce world-class performances in their respective sport. This is an entertainment industry, and if Hollywood stars make daft money, why can’t our athletes?
The richest South African sports stars
10. Chris Morris
The Proteas’ all-rounder has managed to cash-in on the IPL riches, signing a lucrative deal with the Delhi Daredevils in the Indian Premier League; a money-spinning tournament in which he has appeared in since 2013.
He’s made his name as a T20 specialist and has cemented his place as a favourite for the Delhi crowds when he bludgeoned a record-breaking 82* off just 32 balls last year, scoring the league’s fastest ever half-century off 17 balls. he is worth R222 million ($17 million)
9. AB De Villiers
The man, the myth, the legend. AB has wowed audiences worldwide with his sensational displays or brutal power-hitting with the bat. He’s recorded the fastest century in any format of the game, and is the darling of South African cricket. He is worth R265 million ($15-20 million)
8. Jacque Fourie
The former Lions, Stormers and Springboks centre has enjoyed a glittering career, including a superb campaign for South Africa when they charged to World Cup glory back in 2007. He notched up 72 caps for SA over an 11-year period, scoring 160 points. He is widely regarded as a modern great in this country and most recently enjoying a spell playing for Japanese outfit Kobelco Steelers. He is worth R286 million ($22 million)
7. Charl Schwartzel
Our first golfer on the list, Schwartzel made a massive name for himself back in 2011 when he won the US Masters. Winning one major on the PGA tour can set a golfer for life, but Charl hasn’t rested on his laurels…
He rose to a career-high 6th-best in the world back in 2012, and has won a total of 23 tournaments in his career. He’s also a trained pilot, so he knows a thing or two about being a high-flyer. He is worth R457 million ( $35 million)
6. Louis Oosthuizen
His 15-year professional career has seen him notch up 19 individual tour wins. His finest hour came when he won the Open Championship at St. Andrew’s, romping home to a scintillating victory in 2010.
He’s finished second at both The Masters and The US Open, and our Louis is due another huge win in the near future. Endorsements with Mercedes-Benz and UPS have kept his finances looking rather healthy. He has a net worth of R496 million ($38 million)