- Percy Tau will earn R530,000 per week before tax from his new club Brighton Hove and Albion
- This means Tau will be making roughly R25 million per year before tax
- Tau will, unfortunately, be subject to the heavy English tax imposed on footballers which can reach as high as 45%
Former Mamelodi Sundowns star striker Percy Tau has about 25 million reasons to smile. English Premier League side Brighton Hove and Albion confirmed on Friday that Tau had joined the club and has now revealed his salary.
Tau is set to earn £30,000 (around R530,000) per week before tax from the club, this despite the club already confirming that Tau will be loaned out to a European club for a year in order for him to gain some valuable experience and to help him transition from African to European conditions.
This weekly salary means Tau will be earning about R25 million per year before tax, unfortunately for the South African, he will be subjected to England’s heavy footballing tax which can be as much as 45% of earnings.
Briefly.co.za gathered that Tau is expected to be loaned out to Belgian second division side Royale Union Saint-Gilloise. The team is owned by Brighton’s owner, Tony Bloom, who wants to turn the fortunes of the small yet historically significant around in much the same way as he did at Brighton.
Tau’s move to Europe was widely expected and earlier this month he boycotted all club activities at Mamelodi Sundowns in a bid to get his former side to accept a deal from Brighton.
Brighton eventually upped its offer for Tau which is believed to have been in the region of R50 million. Mamelodi eventually accepted the deal after Tau apologised to Mamelodi Sundowns chairman Patrice Motsepe.
SowetanLive.co.za reported that Tau was not concerned about the high tax rate in England or by the fact that he would be on loan for a year.
Tau said he was looking forward to his European adventure and added that being sent out on loan was a good way for a player to learn new skills and improve on his existing skills.
The PSL player of the year said he was motivated to do well and would take the opportunity to work on himself and improve some of his own weaknesses.
While no public record exists of local player salaries news24.com reported that Khama Billiat is thought to be the highest earner in the South African PSL and takes home around R250,000 per month.
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