DESPITE the COVID-19 pandemic having an impact on the finances of most football clubs causing pay cuts, Zimbabwe international Marvellous Nakamba remains the most paid Zimbabwe football athlete.

Warriors contingents of Tendai Darikwa, Costa Nhamoinesu and Marshall Munesti pay-checks are shrouded in secrecy just to mention a few, but they are reported to be earning decently.

The list compiled by the Celebrity magazine is based on salaries and endorsements, which have a bearing effect on their earning power, but European clubs with good reason, are proving to be viable in terms of financial rewards becoming extremely lucrative.

  1. Marvelous Nakamba

After a successful move from Belgian side Club Brugge to English Premiership side Aston Villa last August, Nakamba pocketed a staggering £1,2 million together with his agent DW Sports Management.

The five-year deal from Club Brugge to Aston Villa was reported to be worth €12m fee on August 1 last year.

Before Covid-19 the Zimbabwean midfield was earning £55 000-a-week (around US$66 000) according to the Kick Off magazine.

After agreeing to take a 25% pay cut due to COVID-19, he earns around £40 000 a week according to Sky Sports.

In Netherlands, Nakamba helped Vitesse to their first league title in their 125-year history before moving to Club Brugge where he was earning US$12 000 a week.

He drives a beautiful Audi sedan.

  1. Knowledge Musona

The Zimbabwe warriors skipper was one the fourth highest-paid player at Belgian topflight club Anderlecht, earning €950 000 (US$1 09 623) gross per year excluding bonuses.

According to the Belgian newspaper Het Nieuwsblad, Musona (29), who is contracted to Anderlecht until July 2022 and loaned to Jupiler Pro league side Kas Eupen, has already earned close to €2 million (US$2 191 766, 29) despite not being given an opportunity to prove his worth at the club.

He receives around €45 000 per month.

  1. Tino Kadewere

Zimbabwe warriors forward Tino Kadewere who recently lost his brother Prince Kadewere was also once the highest-paid player in the French Ligue 2, the second-tier football league in France.

Tino Kadewere
Tino Kadewere

The 24-year-old forward earns €720 000 annually. This includes net salary and other contractual bonuses for the 2019-2020 football season.

This translates to about US$794 594 a year, US$66 216 a month and US$16 554 after joining French Ligue Giants Olympique Lyonnais who lost to Bayern Munich in the 2020 UEFA Champions League final.

Lyon pocketed €15 million (£13.5m/$US18m) for being UEFA Champions league runners up.

  1. Nyasha Mushekwi

Former Caps United and Warriors bustling striker Mushekwi who resigned from international just after Zimbabwe crashed out of AFCON 2019 finals in Egypt earns around €14 300 a week and €846 000 per annum.

Nyasha Mushekwi

He plays for China League One club Zhejiang Greentown. In a goodwill gesture, Mushekwi bought his former club Caps United a 45-seater bus for a reported cost of $USD120, 000.

  1. Khama Billiat

Despite blowing hot and cold in 2019/20 ABSA Premiership season and struggling to find the nets, Billiat is still the highest-paid footballer in the South African Absa Premiership, earning a mouth-watering R10 million (US$540 000) a year before tax, according to the South African sports website Sport24.

Khama Billiat
Khama Billiat, N

The 27-year-old signed a three-year contract with Kaizer Chiefs with an option of an additional year. Billiat’s earnings translate to R833 333 (US$44 845,31) per month.

He drives a Range Rover Sport Lumma CLR RS.

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