Big pay, but Pienaar is not in the top earners’ club just yet

2011-01-22 18:34

Steven Pienaar’s whopping wage of more than R700 000 a week comes nowhere near the megabucks earned by fellow African stars plying their trade in the ­English Premiership.

The Bafana Bafana midfielder’s reported weekly pay of £70 000 has moved the former Everton player a notch closer to the elite group of top-earning stars from the continent.

Pienaar – who joined Tottenham Hotspur in a R30-million, four-year deal this week – falls short of the £100 000 club which includes the likes of Yaya Toure, Emmanuel ­Adebayor, Didier Drogba and Michael Essien.

City Press reported last week that Pienaar’s £75 000-a-week demand scuppered a ­potential move to Chelsea.

Pienaar’s business manager, Rob Moore, said a move to Chelsea could have earned his client “more money” and it was purely a “football decision” for him to join Spurs.

“He (Pienaar) and our ­company could have earned more money at Chelsea but the correct football decision was made in the end,” Moore said.

While he refused to divulge the rands and cents of ­Pienaar’s much-publicised transaction, Moore said: “He is only behind top players at top clubs.

“Guys like (Samuel) Eto’o are the best – African Player of the Year, Champions’ League ­winner. They are always likely to get top dollar.”

Ivory Coast and Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure is ranked the highest-paid African player in the UK, with a weekly wage believed to be about £185 000 (R2.1 million).

The former Barcelona ­midfielder was the Premiership’s Number 1 until he was toppled by Wayne Rooney’s £250 000-a-week wage after the ­Manchester United striker penned a £65-million, five-year megadeal in October.

Togo striker Adebayor – ­despite limited game time – is also cashing in with weekly pay of more than £170 000 since his transfer from Arsenal to free spenders City in 2009.

The Chelsea duo of Drogba and Essien get £117 000 and £100 000 respectively.

Elsewhere, Cameroon captain Samuel Eto’o and Mali striker Frederic Kanoute are also in the above-£100 000 weekly pay bracket, which confirms that strikers do not come cheap.

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