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How Madisha Ranks In Top 10 Expensive Centre-Backs

Motjeka Madisha has established himself as a key figure in a successful Mamelodi Sundowns side, but how does he rank amongst the most expensive defenders in the league? 

As reported in this week’s edition of Soccer Laduma, Siya sources close to the player have revealed that Madisha recently put pen to paper on a new long-term contract with the Brazilians.

Madisha has been integral to Sundowns both domestically and on the continent, that’s why recently his head coach, Pitso Mosimane came out to praise the player after the South African national team snubbed him for the AFCON qualifiers.

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“I have always said Mosa Lebusa and Madisha as local centre backs have an equal opportunity as Tyson (Thulani Hlatshwayo) and Buhle – they are doing it week in week out, year after year at the highest level of football in the continent. There’s nothing else more convincing than that. But we have to support the coach and we can’t pick his team, he knows what he’s doing,” Mosimane told the media last month.

Performances aside, how does Madisha rank in value compared to the likes of Hlatshwayo and Mkhwanazi who are regulars in the Bafana Bafana set-up?

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Currently, Tyson is the most expensive centre-back according to the figures on transfermarkt.com, where he is valued at €1m (±R20.3m) while Mkhwanazi is worth €900 000 (±R18.3m).

Following from most expensive further down, is Maritzburg United’s Siyanda Xulu who is valued at €750 000 (±R15.2m), Kaizer Chiefs’ Daniel Cardoso at €725 000 (±R14.7m), Highlands Park’s Limbikani Mzava at €675 000 (±R13.7m), Cape Town City’s at Taariq Fielies €650 000 (±R13.2m) and Sundowns’ Ricardo Nascimento at €550 000 (±R11.2m).

Madisha is thereafter ranked as the eighth most expensive centre-back valued at €525 000 (±R10.7m), while Chiefs’ Erick Mathoho follows at €525 000 (±R10.7m) and Wits’ Lorenzo Gordinho at €450 000 (R9.1m). 

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