South Africa has a couple of players currently playing in the premier league, and Percy Tau, who plays for Brighton & Hove Albion, is one of them. Thanks to his successful career, Tau has a net worth estimated at $3 million. The major thing that has contributed to his modest fortune has been his ever-growing career, which started with Mamelodi Sundowns before it finally led him to Europe.
Although his stay with the club has mostly been on loan to different other clubs before his eventual return in 2021, he still manages to take home a good salary each week.
How Percy Tau Came To Accumulate His Net Worth Of $3 Million
Like many other South African kids, Percy Tau grew up with so much talent and an unquenchable desire to succeed. This became the fuel that pushed him into his career as a footballer and ultimately made him a rich man today.
He made his enviable net worth from his football career via signing fees, contracts, salary, and other bonuses. Also, football has opened doors for him to attract various brands who may want to have his signature on paper for endorsement deals.
The football star started his career with the youth team of Mamelodi Sundowns until 2013, when he was promoted to the team’s senior team. While there, he won R462‚500 in prize money when he was awarded the PSL Footballer of the Year and Players Player of the Season in 2018. Also, he assisted the team in winning the CAF Champions League, 2 Premier Soccer Leagues, a Nedbank Cup, and a CAF Super Cup.
He was with the team until 2018 when Brighton & Hove Albion splashed big money to sign him. Tau faced some challenges after signing to the team because of issues relating to a work permit, but it was later granted. Nonetheless, he did not get to start immediately for the team as he was shipped off to Union SG, and then he was again sent on loan to Club Brugge, where he won the Belgian Pro League. Not done, Brighton sent him on another loan to Anderlecht. In 2021, he was called back to play for the team.
Percy Tau Set A Club And PSL Record With His Brighton Move
In 2018, when he signed for Brighton from Mamelodi Sundowns, Tau found himself going home with millions. More than that, the deal worth £2.7m (R50m) was a club record for the Sundowns. This deal was not only a dream come true for him to play in Europe, but it also made him rich.
Before he departed from Mamelodi, the club’s record deal was with the sale of Keagan Dolly for £1.5m (€1.7m) in 2017. Since Tau’s £2.7 million-move, he remains the most expensive player to be sold by Mamelodi, having joined in 2013.
More importantly, it set a new record in the PSL, making him the most expensive player ever to be bought from the South African league. Before his $3.8 million move, Thulani Serero was the most expensive player to transfer to Europe at a $3 million fee. Then, Bongani Khumalo was bought for $2.15 million by Tottenham Hotspur, although he didn’t get to play for the club.
His Salary Has Contributed To His Fortune
Percy Tau is a hard-working player; hence, it is not surprising that he has set both club and league records. Based on the three and a half years deal he signed with Brighton in 2018, his salary is currently pegged at £30,000 (R530000) each week.
His current contract with the English club is expiring in 2022. Although there are still yet to be any talks about renewing his contract, his existing contract assures him of £120,000 (R2.12 million) each month and £1.44 million (25.44 million) annually. Thanks to his huge salary, he is one of the highest-earning South African footballers anywhere in the world.
While he was playing with Mamelodi Sundowns, his salary was not revealed, although it is believed that he took home a good amount, being one of the most important stars of the team.
He Also Has Many Endorsement Deals To His Name
Yet another major source of income for Percy Tau is his numerous endorsement deals. Being one of the biggest exports of South Africa right now about football, many brands in the country and other parts of the world want to associate with him and have him as their brand ambassador.
One of the main deals he enjoys right now is with Puma South Africa. He signed a deal with the brand in 2017 when he was still playing as a midfielder for Mamelodi Sundowns. He continues to promote the evoSPEED boots of the brand.
Percy Tau Is One Of The Most Educated Footballers In South Africa
He may be a success as a footballer and rich as an individual, but Percy Tau is not someone who is ever tired of succeeding. The Brighton player has not abandoned his education, and he continued to pursue it while still playing.
In 2019, the former Mamelodi Sundowns star earned a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of South Africa. Following this achievement, he became one of the less than 15 South African football stars that currently have a degree.
This is very significant because, according to reports, close to half of the football players go broke after retirement; as such, equipping oneself with a good education is a good investment.
Percy Tau Used His Money To Change The Lives Of His Mother And 7 Siblings
The Lion of Judah, as he is known, does not dwell on his wealth so much, having grown up from a poor background and was raised by only his mother alongside his 7 siblings since 1998. According to his mother, raising 8 kids all on her own was not a small task. Things were tough for the family until around 2014, when Percy started his career in full gear.
Although the responsibility was much on him, he could still change his mother’s fortune and that of his siblings. His mother could not believe the first time she held R40,000 in her hands, thanks to her son. He built a large house for his mother and siblings, and she revealed that each day she woke up, she found herself crying because of how he changed their lives.
Like most parents before now, his mother, Elizabeth Tau, did not support him to play football at first because he always came back home together with his brother late in the evening. Meanwhile, his brother, Dumisani, is also a player.
A Look At How He Enjoys The Money He Makes
On-field, Percy Tau is a hard-working man, and off-field, he is a man with good taste. This is obvious in how he spends his money on the things that appeal to him, including good cars and a nice home in South African and England.
It is believed that the Brighton football player has a garage that is furnished with some exotic cars, but the only one known to the public is his Hyundai Tucson Sport. The SUV, which is priced around R500,000, was gifted to him by the car manufacturers in 2018.
There are little details about his cars and home because he is not someone who loves to share about his wealth on social media or even talk about his fortune.