Cassius Mailula, a talented 22-year-old forward from Ga-Molepo, Limpopo, has seized a lucrative financial opportunity by leaving Mamelodi Sundowns for a team in Major League Soccer. This move serves as a testament to the potential financial benefits that can come with such a transition. Former Sundowns striker earning R5 million.
The Journey to Toronto FC
In July 2023, Mailula bid farewell to Sundowns after signing a four-year contract with Toronto FC. The club officially announced the acquisition of the South African forward from Mamelodi Sundowns FC of the DStv Premiership (South Africa, First Division) through 2026, with an option for 2027. His addition to the roster is part of the U-22 Initiative, pending his medicals, work visa, and the receipt of his International Transfer Certificate (ITC).
Toronto FC General Manager Jason Hernandez expressed his excitement about welcoming Mailula to the club and the city. He praised Mailula’s versatility, dynamic movement, and finishing ability with both feet, and also highlighted his humility, grit, and ambition off the pitch.
Former Sundowns striker earning R5 million
The MLS is known for publicly revealing player earnings, and it has been confirmed that Mailula is earning $275,000 (R5.2 million) in base salary and $291,003 (R5.5 million) in guaranteed compensation per year at his new club. This translates to a monthly guaranteed compensation of $24,250 (R458,000). This substantial income further underscores the financial advantages of Mailula’s move to Major League Soccer.