5 things you need to know in SA business today and the 12 highest-paid soccer players in the world
1. Deloitte has promised to "set the record straight" on its firing as auditors for listed asset manager Sygnia – which told shareholders it was change auditors because of "our unsatisfactory engagement with Deloitte and the reputational risk associated with the firm". (Deloitte is knee-deep in the Tongaat Hulett scandal right now.)
2. A new analysis shows 56% of shares on the JSE declined in price over the last year. Among the roughly one third of counters that increased in value, there were some massive gains, to be sure – but there were also rather a lot of companies that lost more than half their value.
3. The rand slumped after Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane confirmed that President Cyril Ramaphosa faces questions around money received on his behalf from Bosasa. With Ramaphosa yesterday confirming he wants to question witnesses cited in Mkhwebane's report – including opposition leader Mmusi Maimane – it seems pretty certain the saga, and associated uncertainty, will continue to drag on the currency.
4. Activists have launched a second major attack on air pollution in a week, and this time Sasol is squarely in their sights. On Tuesday the Environmental Justice Alliance launched an appeal against the renewal of Sasol’s atmospheric emissions licence for its Secunda synfuels plant granted by the Gert Sibande District Municipality in April.
5. After weeks of grim but broad economic data, we’ll get some specific data on three sectors today, with April wholesale trade, April mining production, and April motor trade sales all due from StatsSA this morning and early afternoon.
The 12 highest-paid soccer players in the world
By Alexandra Licata
Forbes released its 2019 edition of the 100 highest-paid athletes in the world, and it is Lionel Messi who takes the top spot with $127 million.
For the first time since the list debuted in 1990, three soccer players top the list with Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar rounding out the top three.
The three are joined by nine other soccer players that make up the annual list of 100.
These are the 12 highest-paid soccer players in the world.
12. Mohamed Salah - $25.1 million (€22.2 million)
Contract: Five years, $15 million (€13.3 million) annually
The last soccer player on the list at No. 99, Salah signed a five-year deal with Liverpool in July 2018. He's been the Premier League's top goal scorer, earning him the Golden Boot award for the past two seasons.
Salah helped his team to a second consecutive UEFA Champions League Final in 2019.
11. Gareth Bale - $27.1 million (€24 million)
Team: Real Madrid
Contract: Six years, $33 million (€29.2 million) annually
Bale joined Real Madrid in 2013 and signed an extension three years later through June 2022.
In 2018, Bale scored two goals off the bench to lead Real Madrid to its third straight UEFA Champions League victory.
He's ranked No. 79 among all athletes.
10. Antoine Griezmann - $27.7 million (€24.5 million)
Team: Previously on Atletic Madrid
In May, Griezmann announced that he was leaving Atletico Madrid after five years. He played 260 matches and scored 133 goals. Where he lands next is yet to be seen.
He played an important role during the 2018 World Cup for France, scoring or setting up eight of the 14 goals that led the team to victory.
9. Oscar - $29 million (€25.6 million)
Team: Shanghai SIPG
Contract: Four years, $26.5 million (€23.4 million) annually
Oscar rose to popularity during his five years with Chelsea, but in 2017 he made a surprising decision to sign with Shanghai SIPG of the Chinese Super League.
The lucrative deal quadrupled his weekly take-home pay. He's ranked No. 66 by Forbes.
8. Mesut Ozil - $30.2 million (€26.7 million)
Contract: Three years, $24 million (€21.2 million) annually
Ranked No. 27 by Forbes, Ozil joined Arsenal in 2013 and signed a three-year extension in 2018 that doubled his annual pay.
He and his fiancé announced they would celebrate their wedding by funding 1,000 life-changing surgeries for underprivileged children.
Ozil also has two professional esports teams - one to compete in EA Sports FIFA competitions and another for Fornite.
7. Kylian Mbappe - $30.6 million (€27.1 million)
Team: Paris Saint-Germain
Contract: Three years, $20 million (€17.7 million) annually
Mbappe became the youngest French player at 19 years old to score in a World Cup and second-youngest in a World Cup Final in 2018. He joined Paris Saint-Germain on loan in 2017 and signed a contract with the team in 2018.
He is ranked No. 55 by Forbes.
The forward donated his $500,000 (€442,000) World Cup bonus to a charity that organizes sporting events for disabled children. He won the 2018 World Cup Best Young Player award in 2018.
6. Alexis Sánchez - $30.8 million (€27.2 million)
Team: Manchester United
Contract: Four 1/2 years, $21.5 million (€19 million) annually
Sanchez was moved from Arsenal to Manchester United in 2018. He scored just six goals and had five assists in 37 appearances in his first full season as he struggled with injuries.
Sanchez also plays a leading role in the 2019 film 'Mi Amigo Alexis' about a young Chilean boy who dreams of following in his hero's footsteps.
5. Andres Iniesta - $32.5 million (€28.7 million)
Team: Vissel Kobe
Contract : Three years, $30 million annually (€26.5 million)
Iniesta spent 22 years with Barcelona, including three as captain, before retiring from the national side and joining Japan's Vissel Kobe in 2018.
He's ranked No. 46 on Forbes' list.
Iniesta has a winery that began production in 2010, including a bottle named Minuto 116 for the minute he scored Spain's title-winning goal in the 2010 World Cup.
4. Paul Pogba - $33 million (€29.2 million)
Team: Manchester United
Contract: Five years, $20 million annually (€17.7 million)
Pogba sits at the No. 44 spot on Forbes' list. He returned to Manchester United in 2016 after four years with Juventus.
After France won the World Cup in 2018, Pogba auctioned off his game-winning cleats for $30,000, which he donated to disadvantaged high schoolers.
3. Neymar - $105 million (€92.8 million)
Team: Paris Saint-Germain
Contract: Five years, $350 million (€309.4 million)
Neymar signed with Paris Saint-Germain in 2017. His transfer from Barcelona was the most expensive in the world at $263 million (€232.5 million). The French club paid that amount in full before his signing.
Neymar is the second most popular athlete on social media behind Ronaldo.
2. Cristiano Ronaldo - $109 million (€96.4 million)
Contract: 4 years, $64 million (€56.5 million) annually
After nine years with Real Madrid, Ronaldo signed a four-year deal with Juventus in 2018. His Juventus jersey made over $60 million (€53 million) with 520,000 sales within 24 hours.
The five-time FIFA Play of the Year is the all-time leading goal scorer in the UEFA Champions League and the most followed athlete on social media.
1. Lionel Messi - $127 million (€112.3 million)
Team: FC Barcelona
Contract: Four years, $80 million (€70 million) annually
Messi signed a new contract with Barcelona in 2017 that keeps him in the Spanish club through 2021. His exact contract details weren't released at the time, but he is receiving $80 million (€70 million) per season, according to El Mundo, via EuroSport.
He also has a lifelong deal with Adidas.
Since his first match with Barcelona in 2004, Messi has accumulated 33 club titles in 687 matches.
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