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Benni McCarthy’s Net Worth: How South Africa’s Best Footballer Made His Fortunes

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Benni McCarthy is one of South Africa’s most successful soccer players. He’s played at some of the best clubs in Europe, like Porto, Blackburn Rovers and Westham United. He also won the UEFA Champions League and was the first South African player to win the prestigious title. 

During his career, he accumulated a significant amount of wealth. Now post his soccer career, he’s still making good money as Manchester United manager. How much does he earn, and what’s Benni McCarthy’s net worth? Read on to find out.  

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How Much is Benni McCarthy Worth?

The former South African soccer player is estimated to have a net worth of $16 million. This makes him one of the wealthiest footballers in Africa. He signed multiple lucrative contracts, which contributed to his wealth. Additionally, sponsorship deals and his latest job as a manager at Manchester United continue to raise his net worth. 

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How Much Was Benni McCarthy Paid as a Footballer?

Benni McCarthy grew up in one of Cape Town’s most violent neighborhoods Hanover Park. He and his brother Jerome McCarthy played football to stay away from gangs. 

Benni then joined Young Pirates, a club managed by his uncle. He then moved to Crusaders and later to Seven Stars. It was at Seven Stars that the forward began his professional football career. 

He played for the club for two years (1995 to 1997). He earned R1,200 or $64.14. That said, he caught the eye and began his journey into European football.

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Benni McCarthy in Europe

He joined Ajax Football Club in 1997 and played for two years. Benni was on a $80,000 monthly pay and a sign-on fee of $60,000. After netting 39 goals in 20 starts, his valuation went up and Celta Vigo bought him for $6.6 million, a huge fee at the time. 

However, his form dipped, and he was loaned to Porto. Benni regained his form at the Portuguese club and was permanently signed in 2002 for $8.5 million. 

After a successful time in Porto that saw him win the Champions League in 2004, he moved to the English Premier League. Blackburn Rovers forked out $2.5 million for him.

Rovers reportedly paid McCarthy $38,000. At Rovers, he played the most number of games (109) and scored 37 goals. From there, the forward moved to Westham United, where he earned $42,000 per week. 

This was his last club in Europe after returning to South Africa and joining Orlando Pirates. Pirates paid McCarthy $24,000 monthly for two years. 

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Benni McCarthy’s Managerial Career

After his footballing career, Benni became a football coach. He started at Scottish club Hibernian, went to Sint Truiden, Cape Town City and then Amazulu Football Club. At Amazulu, he reportedly earned $32,000 monthly. This made him one of the highest-paid coaches in South Africa

In 2022, he was fired at Amazulu but then landed a job with one of the most enviable clubs in football, Manchester United. Currently, he’s part of the first team coaching staff under Dutch manager Erik Ten Hag

One of the things people have been curious about is his salary at Manchester United. According to The South African, Benni cashes in around $44,000 weekly at the Red Devils.

Benni McCarthy’s Endorsement Deals

The former Bafana Bafana star has deals with brands like Nike, Hollywood Bets and Nedbank. That said, the valuation of these deals remains unknown. 

Benni McCarthy’s Cars

Benni McCarthy’s car collection is nothing but luxurious. It’s no secret that he is a lover of cars. Some of them include: 

Benni McCarthy’s House

Benni owns several houses in the countries he’s worked in Scotland, England, and South Africa. His house in Scotland is located in Edinburgh, in England, it’s at Altrincham, Greater Manchester, and in his home country, it’s in Cape Town.

Benni’s another grass-to-grace story and he continues to shine in the footballing world. 

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