Former Orlando Pirates Captain’s Surprising Revelation: His Highest Salary Wasn’t at a Big Club

Former Orlando Pirates Captain’s Surprising Revelation: His Highest Salary Wasn’t at a Big Club

It’s a common belief among soccer enthusiasts that prestigious clubs like Orlando Pirates offer their players the most lucrative salaries.

However, Benson Mhlongo, a former captain of Orlando Pirates, casts doubt on this widely held notion.

A Journey Through Clubs

Mhlongo, hailing from Alexandra in Johannesburg, had a remarkable career in South African soccer, spanning several clubs.

His journey began with Orlando Pirates, where he spent four seasons, before venturing on to teams such as Platinum Stars and Polokwane City.

The Shocking Revelation

In a recent interview with Marawa TV, the 42-year-old Mhlongo disclosed the highest income he ever earned during his football career.

Surprisingly, it was not the exorbitant figure many might expect from a player of his caliber.

Rather, his peak salary was a modest R60,000, and it wasn’t even earned at a prominent club.

Not at a Big Club

Reflecting on his earnings, Mhlongo remarked, “The highest salary I had was R60,000.

“It was not even at a big club.”

This revelation challenges the conventional wisdom that players at top-tier teams automatically command the highest wages.

The Love for Football

Interestingly, Mhlongo noted, “It was at Polokwane City before I retired.

“I did not even get that money at Sundowns. I did not because I just love football.”

This statement underscores his deep passion for the game, prioritizing his love for football over chasing higher paychecks.

Mhlongo’s candid revelation not only sheds light on the financial realities of soccer players but also highlights the intrinsic motivation and dedication that drive athletes like him, regardless of the size of their salaries.

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