Orlando Pirates’ Net Worth Places it Among the Most Valuable Clubs in Africa

Orlando Pirates is one of the most successful clubs in South Africa and Africa at large. 

The football club has won nine South African league titles, one CAF Champions League title, and one CAF Super Cup. 

In addition to its success on the field, Orlando Pirates is also successful commercially, with a net worth of over $20 million. 

Below is a detailed look at the club’s value, income sources, owner, and other exciting facts.    

What is the Value of Orlando Pirates? 

According to Statista, the market value of Orlando Pirates for the 2023/24 season is €19.55 million ($20.97 million or 399 million South African Rands). 

However, the actual value (what you would pay to purchase the club) can be as high as 1 billion South African Rand. 

This is after considering several factors, such as the club’s goodwill, endorsement deal, and player value. 

Orlando Pirates Squad Value 

Orlando Pirates' net worth is (€) 19.55 million as of the 2023/24 season
Orlando Pirates’ net worth is (€) 19.55 million as of the 2023/24 season. Image: Instagram/orlandopirates

Orlando Pirates has one of the best South African Premier Soccer League squads, with star players like Richard Ofori, Monnapule Saleng, Tshegofatso Mabasa, and Zakhele Lepasa. 

According to Transfermarkt, the Pirates squad has a total market value of over €20 million ($21.4 million or 407 million South African Rands).

Below is a look at the club’s players and their market value. 

Player Name Jersey No.PositionAge NationalityMarket Value (€)
Melusi Buthelezi35Goalkeeper26South African850,000
Richard Ofori31Goalkeeper30 Ghanaian800,000
Sipho Chaine24Goalkeeper27South African 500,000
Siyabonga Mpontshane40Goalkeeper38South African25,000
Nkosinathi Sibisi5Centre-Back28South African1.3 million
Tapelo Xoki27Centre-Back29South African1 million
Olisa Ndah49Centre-Back26Nigerian800,000
Sandile Mthethwa39Centre-Back27South African300,000
Thabiso SesaneCentre-Back23South African50,000
Innocent Maela23Left-Back 31South African850,000
Paseka Mako29Left-Back30South African850,000
Thabiso Monyane2Right-Back23South African550,000
Miguel Timm4Midfielder32South African550,000
Makhehlene Makhaula16Midfielder34South African100,000
Tabhang Monare8Midfielder34South African350,000
Thalente Mbatha41Midfielder24South African150,000
Bandile Shandu26Midfielder29South African850,000
Fortune Makaringe11Midfielder30South African 850,000
Ndabayithethwa Ndlondlo15Midfielder28South African 850,000
Patrick Maswanganyi28Midfielder26South African750,000
Karim Kimvuidi25Midfielder22DR Congo600,000
Kabelo Dlamini18Midfielder27South African400,000
Azola Matrose34Midfielder21South African350,000
Siphelo Baloni30Midfielder24South African25,000
Monnapule Saleng14Left-Winger26South African1.3 million
Deon Hotto7Left-Winger33Namibian500,000
Katlego Otladisa12Left-Winger27South African450,000
Relebohile Mopokeng38Left-Winger19South African400,000
Maliele Vincent Pule32Right-Winger45South African650,000
Thabiso Lebitso37Right-Winger27South African150,000
Lesedi KapingaForward28South African300,000
Tshegofatso Mabasa21Forward27South African950,000
Zakhele Lepasa9Forward27South African 700,000
Evidence Makgopa17Forward23South African500,000
Souaibou Marou32Forward23Cameroonian400,000
Kermit Erasmus95Forward33South African250,000

Orlando Pirates’ Income Sources 

Orlando Pirates has several income sources that contribute to its net worth. Below is a look at them: 

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1. Sponsorship Deals 

    Orlando Pirates has several sponsorship deals with top brands, such as Adidas, SuperSport, Vodacom, EA Sports, Oppo, Aquelle, and Marion Bonvoy. 

    The club also recently signed a sponsorship deal with SuperSport Bet, a newly formed betting company owned by Multichoice Group and Kingmakers. 

    The Pirates have not revealed the value of their current sponsorship deals. However, they have been worth millions in the past, like the 2012 deal with Vodacom, which was worth 500 million rands. 

    2. South African Premier Soccer League Grant

      The South Africa Premier Soccer League awards a monthly grant to all clubs competing in the premier division. 

      For the 2024 season, the PSL grant is R2.3 million per month, which translates to about R24 million annually (after taxes). 

      3. Competition Prizes

        Orlando Pirates earns a significant income from competition prize money. 

        In the 2022/23 season, the club earned R26 million after winning the MTN8 and Nedbank cups and posting impressive performances in the PSL (runners-up) and Carling Cup (semi-finalists). 

        4. Ticket Sales 

          The Pirates earn money through ticket sales to fans. The club plays its home matches at Orlando Stadium (with a capacity of over 37,000), where ticket prices range from R50 to R600 (seasonal). 

          Pirates is one of the most supported clubs in South Africa and Africa as a whole.

          5. Merchandise Sales 

            Orlando Pirates operates an online merchandise shop. Fans can buy various items from the shop, like the club’s official kit, training kit, Pirates-branded streetwear, and accessories. 

             Orlando Pirates’ Net Worth vs Other African Clubs 

            Orlando Pirates is one of the wealthiest clubs in South Africa (and Africa as a whole). It is the fourth most valuable club on the continent.

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            The other top 10 African clubs are: 

            POSClub NameCountryMarket Value (€)
            1.El Ahly SCEgypt30.5 million
            2. Mamelodi SundownsSouth Africa29.15 million
            3. Pyramids FCEgypt21.73 million
            4. Orlando PiratesSouth Africa19.55 million
            5. Zamalek SCEgypt19.23 million
            6. Wydad CasablancaMorocco19.05 million
            7. Esperance TunisTunisia17.9 million
            8. Kaizer ChiefsSouth Africa17.45 million
            9.Raja Club Athletic CasablancaMorocco13.11 million
            10.Renaissance de BerkaneMorocco12.26 million

            Who Owns the Orlando Pirates? 

            Irvin Khoza owns the Orlando Pirates
            Irvin Khoza owns the Orlando Pirates. Image: Facebook/soccerladuma

            Orlando Pirates is owned by Irvin Khoza, a South African businessman and football administrator. 

            Khoza is also the current chairman of the Orlando Pirates, the South African Premier Soccer League, and the vice-president of the South African Football Association. 

            Irvin Khoza’s net worth is estimated at around $35 million (around 666.74 million rands). He acquired Orlando Pirates in 1991 and has been running the club since then. 

            Before acquiring Orlando Pirates, Khoza was the club’s secretary from 1980 to 1982. He also worked as a cashier and gate controller for the Pirates. 

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