Highest earning South African? Manchester United Coach Benni McCarthy's salary surprises South Africa


Celebrating their third consecutive Premier League win over Leicester City on Thursday evening at King Power Stadium, Leicester, it appears Manchester United’s first-team coach Benedict Saul "Benni" McCarthy is earning every penny of his new eye-watering salary…

Following the news of his appointment at the end of July, the 44-year-old coach told Manchester Evening News he has been a Red Devils fan since he was a youngster playing soccer in the streets of Cape Town’s crime-ridden Hanover Park.

SA Rich and Famous has now revealed the soccer star’s new salary. McCarthy reportedly earns a staggering £40 000 (about R802 000) a week for coaching the Red Devils’ first team. He coaches attacking play and positioning.

This translates into around R3.2 million a month, which is more than five times the salary McCarthy earned during his stint as AmaZulu FC head coach. According to Answers Africa, he used to earn an estimated R600 000 a month at the KwaZulu-Natal outfit.

Known for his love of cars, fans can only imagine what new rides the soccer legend may now be eyeing!


McCarthy’s illustrious career saw him take to the field for the likes of Ajax Amsterdam, FC Porto, Celta Vigo, Blackburn Rovers and West Ham.

The former forward and all-time leading Bafana Bafana goalscorer with 31 goals is the only South African to have won the UEFA Champions League with Porto in 2003 and 2004.

His love for football is matched by his love for fast and fancy cars. Alongside owning several homes, McCarthy is also known to have packed out his garages with an amazing array of cars. Take a look…

In 2013, he posted some images of his luxury wheels on Instagram with the caption:

“My other kids that I love dearly as well”.

Apart from his “car kids”, McCarthy is the father of five children.

In 2000, McCarthy married Maria Santos, whom he met after he moved to Spain to play for Celta Vigo. They have three daughters: Minna, Miya and Allegra.

He also has a daughter, Lima Rose, and son, Lio Romero, with his Scottish model wife, Stacey, to whom he has been married since 2014.


According to Kickoff, the most expensive ride featuring in his car collection as of October 2021, was his Bentley Continental GT valued at R3.8 million.

Hot on his personalised Bentley’s heels, follows a Porsche Panamera worth R1.7 million which McCarthy acquired in 2010.

Benni McCarthy’s car collection — which is estimated to be worth more than R9 million — also includes the following:

  • Jaguar F-PACE 4×4 valued at R1.4 million.
  • Range Rover valued at R900 000
  • Mitsubishi SUV valued at R625 000
  • Volkswagen T-Roc valued at R480 000.

In 2013, he gushed over the cream leather interior of his Mercedes-Benz CL 500.


The former Orlando Pirates striker has a house in Scotland, as well as a home on Cape Town’s Millionaire’s Mile in Clifton Heights.

McCarthy also owned a mansion in the United Kingdom when he was playing for Blackburn Rovers.

– The South African

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