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Best Paid SA Athletes

Top 10 highest-paid South African sports stars

Which sport offers the most money to professional athletes? From professional golfers, globetrotting cricketers, international rugby players and other sports stars, South Africa has many famed - and really well paid - athletes. Here's a look at the 10 highest-paid sportspeople in the country.

1. Jacques Kallis

The former Proteas all-rounder has a net worth of an estimated net worth of approximately R1.2 billion. Some of this would have been collected during his playing days as the country's leading all-rounder in Test and ODI cricket. More would have been garnered during stints in the Indian Premier League, particularly with the Kolkata Knight Riders as a player, coach and brand ambassador.

2. Ernie Els

Lovingly nicknamed the 'Big Easy', this veteran golfer is worth approximately R1 billion. He has enjoyed major success on courses around the globe, especially in Europe and the United States of America. He has his own range of cabernets, merlots, sauvignon blancs and blends via Ernie Els Wines, too - a testament to his love of his home country and the fruits it yields.

3. Graeme Smith

Here is another cricketer with an estimated net worth in the seven-figure range - R260 million, to be more specific. Smith captained the Proteas to many historic Test, ODI and series win, but could never win a World Cup. He is now Cricket South Africa's director of cricket.

4. AB de Villiers

The third star in the upper half of this top 10, de Villiers has played in domestic T20 leagues around the world. Time in the Indian Premier League, Pakistan, Super League, Bangladesh Premier League, Big Bash League in Australia and more have earned him an overall worth of around R220 million.

5. Retief Goosen

Weighing in at an overall worth of around R160 million, here is another golfer who has become a household name across not only South Africa, but the rest of the world as well. The early 2000s was particularly prolific for Goosen, who remained among the top 10 of the Official Golf World Ranking for 250 consecutive weeks.

6. Louis Oosthuizen

Back to the golfers we go, namely 'King Louis', who is right up there with Els and Goosen as one of the country's most successful chippers, putters and drivers in the modern era. His worth is about R114 million.

7. Steven Pienaar

As the first soccer star on this list, Pienaar boasts a worth of around R77 million. He starred for Bafana Bafana on many occasions - and played for Everton in the fable English Premier League. He has since moved into coaching.

8. Jaque Fourie

Perhaps as versatile as his financial portfolio and staunch as his bank balance, Fourie brought a dynamism to the Springboks for a superb career as another of the country's finest rugby players. He has earned money playing abroad, too. His worth is about R75 million.

9. Bryan Habana

Habana brought thrills and frills to the Springboks' backline for several years as one of the finest rugby union players in the world. He has been a star for South Africa at the Rugby World Cup. He has retired from international rugby and is worth an estimated R70 million.

10. Chris Morris 

Another cricketer rounds off the list. Morris recently became the most expensive purchase in the history of the Indian Premier League. The Rajasthan Royals locked in his services for about R32 million. Overall, he is worth almost double that at R61 million.

All of the values above take into account current and historic fluctuations in the exchange rate between the rand, euro, pound and dollar.