Former Chiefs defender a top earner abroad


Teenage Hadebe continues to enjoy the benefits of his US stay after maintaining his earnings above the million-dollar (approximately R16 million) mark.

Hadebe is due to complete a year at Houston Dynamo next week having moved from Turkish club Yeni Malatyaspor where he spent two years playing regularly after having joined from Kaizer Chiefs.

He spent another two years at Chiefs making 39 appearances.

According to the MLS Players Association, Hadebe earns a gross of USD1,179 177 million (approximately R18,86 million) per annum as his guaranteed annual compensation.

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Last year he was on USD1,125 177 million (approximately R18 million).

At Houston Dynamo, the lad from Bulawayo is the second-highest earner to Paraguayan forward Sebastien Ferreira who is on USD1,97 million (approximately R31,5 million). 

The MLS Players Association states the annual guaranteed compensation as inclusive of a player’s base salary, signing-on fee, marketing bonus, agent fees and guaranteed bonuses annualised over the term of the player’s contract including option years.

This figure is minus performance bonuses as there is no guarantee about those earnings. 

The league allows each club to acquire up to three players whose total compensation and acquisition costs exceed the maximum budget charge.  

Hadebe is one of such players at Dynamo along with Ferreira and Tim Parker.

He is one of the top 70 earners from the 28 clubs that play in the MLS with Xherdan Shaqiri of Chicago leading with a package of USD8,153 million (approximately R130 million), LA Galaxy’s Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez at USD6 million (approximately R96 million) and Gonzalo Higuain of Inter Miami on USD5,79 million (approximately R92 million).

Meanwhile, the two South Africans playing in the MLS, Bongokuhle Hlongwane of Minnesota United earns USD580,000 (approximately R9,2 million) while Tsiki Ntsabeleng of FC Dallas is on USD65,500 (approximately R1,048 million) per annum.

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