SOME overseas-based Zimbabwean football players are living their best lives with Marvelous Nakamba, Tino Kadewere and Nyasha Mushekwi ranking among the biggest earners.
The sport, which many are now beginning to take seriously, has made millionaires out of players that rose from humble backgrounds in the Zimbabwe’s ghettos.
With their hefty bank balances, they can now afford to fly first class, they drive the latest range of wheels available and can afford to cool off during the off-season at the most expensive holiday destinations around the globe.
It’s a life of luxury and they can afford it, courtesy of their high-paying football careers, which should be an inspiration to many aspiring footballers out there.
On top of the pile is Hwange-born midfielder Nakamba. He had an impoverished childhood, growing up in their one-room rented home in Bulawayo. He did not go to fancy schools.
The story is not very different from some of the millionaire footballers that have risen from the dusty streets of the country and achieved their goals through hard work.
Mushekwi, Kadewere, Teenage Hadebe, Khama Billiat and Warriors captain Knowledge Musona make up the Zimbabwean football “Millionaires’ Club”.
The story of Nakamba has been told at the international stage following his move to English Premier Soccer League side Aston Villa on a Zimbabwean record transfer.
But now, he is based in Birmingham, his net worth has ballooned virtually from zero to between US$8 million and US$11 million in a space of five years.
He is usually a reserved character on and off the pitch but Nakamba has sent tongues wagging each time images of him posing with his latest ride circulate on the social media.
Last year, the Zimbabwean star trended with a Lamborghini Aventador which is reportedly worth an estimated amount of US$425 000.
He has also been spotted arriving at training sessions with top of the range vehicles that includes the Mercedes Benz CLA 250, and a Brabus 800 Widestar.
According to estimates, Nakamba is taking home a cool US$2.2 million annually, which some online agencies have translated to approximately US$7 000 a day, US$44 000 a week and US$185 000 a month.
So this means he can afford such luxuries and comforts without hustle. While he has been living his dream life, Nakamba has also been busy investing back home.