French Club Racing 92 were willing to splash the cash just to get Siya Kolisi to sign with them.
According to reports, the Sharks received R17-million from Racing 92 to release Springbok skipper Kolisi to join the French Top 14 club.
Kolisi has since joined up with his French club and has moved his family over to France as well.
Racing 92, bought out the Sharks contract with Kolisi, which was no mean feat considering he had signed a five-year contract extension in 2022.
How much does Siya Kolisi earn at Racing 92
A Racing 92 player can expect to earn anything from R1 million per season up to a mammoth R20 million for the star players at the French club.
Former Racing 92 star, Finn Russell was reportedly being paid a million Euros per season at the club, leaving for an equally large payday at Bath.
While the top 14 does have a salary cap, several top players left the club just before Kolisi came in and there is no reason to suggest that he would be anything less than one of the club’s top earners.
Salaries at Top 14 clubs are kept under wraps although the Auditor General does have access to figures on salaries to monitor the tax situation.
Kolisi is likely to be earning between R18 and R20 million per season to turn out for Racing 92.
More credence is leant to this theory by the departure of Racing 92’s star Fijian centre Virimi Vakatawa. Vakatawa was the second-highest-paid player at Racing and was earning around R18 million.
How can they pay these salaries?
Racing 92 don’t have huge gate receipts but billionaire Jacky Lorenzetti is the majority owner of the club and his backing helps the club fund the massive annual wage bill.
Indications are that that bill has actually been slightly reduced even if they are accomodating a R19 million salary for the Bok skipper.