Sharks captain Lukhanyo Am is reportedly one of the wealthiest players at the club.
Images via Instagram: @lukhanyo_12

Money moves: Are these the richest Sharks players?

Biggest Sharks in the tank? These are reportedly some of the wealthiest players in the squad set to play the Bulls at Loftus on Saturday…


Sharks captain Lukhanyo Am is reportedly one of the wealthiest players at the club.
Images via Instagram: @lukhanyo_12

The Sharks – who are set to play the Bulls this weekend – don’t only have some of the biggest names in their squad but also the wealthiest too.

The KwaZulu-Natal team will face off against one of their oldest rivals in a United Rugby Championship derby at Loftus Versfeld on Saturday, 2 December.

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While the salaries of South African rugby players are not public knowledge, their influence and marketability to big corporate brands can surely be measured.

Here are three players who likely top the wealthiest list at the Sharks.

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Eben Etzebeth 

Before signing with the Sharks, Eben played for Toulon for a whopping R18 million a year. This salary bracket made him one of the wealthiest rugby players in South Africa.

According to TimesLive, the star player took a significant pay cut on his return to South Africa. However, with a substantial cash buffer and club investors, the club made it happen.

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Eben has several side hustles, including being an ambassador for Mercedes Benz and co-owner of the sports supplement NutrE4.

Lukhanyo Am

As captain of the Sharks, Lukhanyo undoubtedly is the face of the club.

The 30-year-old has endorsement digs with big brands like Puma, Danone, Tagheuer, Mercedes Benz, Dove Men, Discovery, and many more.

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Makazole Mapimpi

Mapimpi is also a big name behind the Sharks and has a large social media following.

According to Rugby Pass, the star turned down a lucrative deal to play in Japan.

Like Lukhanyo, he has is an ambassador for big brands, which include Discovery, Puma, and Mercedes Benz.


If that wasn’t enough, Mapimpi, Eben, and Lukhanyo – all of whom are two-times winning Rugby World Cup champions – netted a big payday following their win last month.

According to BusinessLive, the squad received a collective bonus in the region of R100 million.

SA Rugby president Mark Alexander said: “World Rugby does not give prize money for the trophy, but we have win bonuses we planned, and they are taken care of by that. Our players receive prize money ,which we plan for four years in advance.”