What is Thapelo Morena's salary, net worth and biography?

What is Thapelo Morena's salary, net worth and biography?

Helix Odhiambo
November 21, 2023 at 3:44 AM

Thapelo Morena's salary at Mamelodi Sundowns makes him one of the top-paid footballers in the DStv Premiership. The veteran player has proved his worth by showcasing brilliant skills and winning titles. His leadership and versatility enable him to play as a defender or midfielder.

Thapelo Morena's age
Thapelo Morena of Mamelodi Sundowns celebrates a goal during their CAF Champions League match against Al Hilal Omdurman in Khartoum, Sudan, on 19 March 2022. Photo: Mahmoud Hjaj
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Morena is a reputable footballer known for his tactical intelligence, speed, and winning spirit. His wealth has increased over the years by signing lucrative deals. Thapelo also has a lovely family he likes spending time with away from football. Discover more about Thapelo Morena's biography, career, and net worth.

Thapelo Morena's profile summary

Full name

Thapelo James Morena

Date of birth

6 August 1993


30 (as of November 2023)

Place of birth

Randfontein, South Africa


South African


1.70 m


62 kg


Professional footballer


Right-back, midfielder


Mamelodi Sundowns, South Africa national team

Jersey number


Monthly salary


Net worth


Social media


How old is Thapelo Morena?

Veteran defender Thapelo Morena (age 30 as of November 2023) was born and raised in South Africa. His love for football began when he was a kid.

Where is Thapelo Morena from?

How much does Thapelo Morena earn?
Thapelo Morena dreamt of playing in Europe during his early career. He is one of the most talented South African defenders in 2023. Photo: @thapelomorena27 (modified by author)
Source: Instagram

The Bafana star hails from Randfontein, in the West Rand, Gauteng, South Africa. Details of his parent's names and siblings remain undisclosed. He once shared how his parents inspired him to pursue his football dreams by supporting and encouraging him.

Thapelo Morena's salary

How much does Thapelo Morena earn? According to sources, the versatile footballer ranks among the top 10 highest-paid players in the DStv Premiership in 2023. He earns around $24,500 monthly at Mamelodi Sundowns. Keagan Dolly of Kaizer Chiefs tops the list with about $60,000 monthly salary, followed by his teammate, Khama Billiat, with $48,500.

Who is the highest-paid player in Sundowns?

Who is highest-paid player in Sundowns?
Mamelodi Sundowns players celebrate a goal during their CAF Champions League match against Al Hilal Omdurman in Khartoum, Sudan, on 19 March 2022. Photo: Mahmoud Hjaj
Source: Getty Images

Midfielder Bongani Zungu is the highest-earning player at Mamelodi Sundowns, receiving a monthly pay of $38,200 in 2023. He is also the third highest-paid footballer in the league.

Thapelo Morena's net worth

The talented player has a net worth of around $380,000 as of 2023. He has built his wealth from football earnings and endorsements.

Thapelo Morena's career

Thapelo Morena's salary
Belouizdad's Algerian forward Akram Bouras (R) escapes from Mamelodi Sundowns' Thapelo Morena (L) during the CAF Champions League quarters at the Nelson Mandela Stadium on 22 April 2023. Photo: AFP
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Morena began his early career at Bloemfontein Celtic in 2011 at 22. He rose through the ranks and got promoted to the senior team in 2013. Celtic became Royal AM in August 2021 following the club's sale. Thapelo spent three years at the club before moving to Mamelodi Sundowns in 2016, penning a five-year contract.

The versatile midfielder has established himself among the best players at Sundowns. Thapelo Morena's speed, ball control, and defensive skills have made him indispensable and a regular starter in the team. He has helped the team to dominate the domestic competitions and win multiple titles during his tenure.

The Bafana star also signed a new four-year contract with Sundowns in June 2023 that expires in June 2027. His long-term deal confirms how important he is to the club. His teammates include Ethiopia's Abubeker Nassir, Gaston Sirino of Uruguay, Bongani Zungu of South Africa, and Uganda's Dennis Onyango.

Thapelo Morena's stats and achievements

Thapelo Morena's stats
Thapelo Morena has won multiple titles with Mamelodi Sundowns since joining the club in 2016. Photo: @thapelomorena27 (modified by author)
Source: Instagram

The South African star has played over 300 games for his clubs and country and scored crucial goals. Here is a breakdown of his football stats.





Bloemfontein Celtic (Royal AM)




Mamelodi Sundowns




South Africa national team








Morena' is also among the most successful South African footballers. His trophy cabinet has top titles he has won with the Sundowns. They include:

  • South African Premier Division (2017-18, 2018-19, 2019-20, 2020-21, 2021-22)
  • Nedbank Cup (2019-20, 2021-22)
  • Telkom Knockout (2019)
  • MTN 8 (2021)

FIFA 22 rating

Thapelo has an overall rating in FIFA 23 of 70 with a potential of 70. He prefers shooting with his right foot and has high/medium work rates. His best stats are balance (85), sprint speed (83), acceleration (80), and composure (80).

Thapelo Morena's injury update

Thapelo Morena's injury
Injuries have affected Thapelo Morena's progress, resulting in him missing crucial games. Photo: @thapelomorena27 (modified by author)
Source: Instagram

Is the talented right-back injured? Thapelo has suffered numerous injuries in his career. He had a severe leg injury during the 2019-20 season before recovering. The footballer also missed the MTN8 Final against Orlando Pirates on 7 October 2023. He is still battling fitness issues and has not returned to the squad.

Where is Thapelo Morena now?

The Bafana star plays football at Mamelodi Sundowns. He has played as a midfielder and right-back. Morena is also a member of the national team.

Interesting facts about Thapelo

The Sundowns defender has achieved a lot in his career, earning him respect from the football fraternity. Here are other fascinating things about him.

Thapelo Morena's wife

Behind Morena's success is a lovely lady who won the footballer's heart and keeps him smiling. The Bafana right-back shared their photo on Instagram, wishing her a happy birthday on 26 December 2020. However, he has not disclosed her details and background, but he called her 'Mama Lesedi.'

"Happy birthday my beautiful wife❤️. May God grant you many more years. I Love you Mama Lesedi." Thapelo wrote on Instagram

Thapelo Morena's children

The footballer has two daughters with his wife but has not revealed their names. He has shared a few photos of his family on Instagram.

Where is Thapelo Morena's house?

The Bafana star has a house in South Africa, where he lives with his family. However, he has not shared much about his home and its location.

Thapelo Morena's cars

Thapelo Morena's cars
Thapelo Morena can afford luxurious cars, thanks to his massive salary at Sundowns. Photo: @thapelomorena27 (modified by author)
Source: Instagram

The father of two is a fan of luxury cars. He is among Mamelodi Sundowns players with fancy cars. The veteran defender has a Volkswagen Golf GTI in his collection.

Thapelo Morena's Instagram

Morena is only available on Instagram, with 54.6k followers as of November 2023. He is not available on Facebook and X (Twitter).

Final word

Thapelo Morena's salary at Mamelodi Sundowns is relatively lower than the earnings of most European defenders, but his skills could easily match their standards. The versatile footballer once dreamed of pursuing greener pastures in Europe, but his age has limited his chances.

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Helix Odhiambo is an award-winning Kenyan journalist and content creator with over 6 years of experience. In 2016, he won the Goal Blaze Correspondent Award for young writers.
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