For those of you who have been scratching their heads over the Zimbabwean forward’s surprise decision to join Amakhosi, these blow-away figures may help you understand better.
By SportBrief Reporter
Khama Billiat was basically the hottest free agent in South Africa, with reports linking him to a move overseas after the playmaker had foregone an option to extend his stay at Sundowns.
But alas, the menacing forward would decide to remain in the Absa Premier Soccer League as he would sign for Kaizer Chiefs, a move which left many of his fellow Zimbabweans stunned.
Apparently, that decision did not come cheap, for Kaizer Chiefs that is.
Latest details reveal the 27-year-old signed a three-year contract with an option of an additional year and is reportedly earning an eye-watering R10 million a year before tax.
That translates to a mind-blowing R833 333 per month.
Taking the taxman into consideration – as footballers are taxed at 38% – Billiat will be paid R515 000 a month, making him comfortably the top-earner in South Africa’s top-flight.
Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane confirmed that the club could not meet Billiat’s financial demands, which prompted the star to join Chiefs.
“We gave him a good offer,” Mosimane said.
“Trust me, it was a big offer. The offer that we gave, he could have been the highest paid player, which would probably have taken four years for that record to be broken.”
While it is well known that Billiat is believed to have turned down another offer from Egyptian side Zamalek, the North African club were actually offering less than Kaizer Chiefs for his services as they were prepared to pay him an annual salary of $450 000 (R6 050 000).
Say whatever you will about Billiat’s decision to sign for Amakhosi, one thing for sure is that the talented attacker probably won’t hear you through the sound of his money counting machine cashing in all that Kaizer Chiefs’ moolah.