The numbers are in, and Orlando City’s Kaká is still the biggest earner in Major League Soccer, despite the huge influx of players like Frank Lampard, Steven Gerrard, Andrea Pirlo, and Giovani Dos Santos coming to MLS this summer.
On Friday, the MLS Players Union released the player salary list for 2015, and Orlando’s brightest star remains on top.
Kaká’s guaranteed $7,167,500 earnings beats out Toronto FC’s Sebastian Giovinco ($7,115,555) by the slightest of margins.
It’s important to note, guaranteed compensation takes into account base salary and signing and guaranteed bonuses annualized over the term of the player’s contract (including option years). Marketing bonuses, performance bonuses and other individual agreements between players and clubs are separate and not listed. For summer arrivals, their deals are pro-rated.
In other words, despite Andrea Pirlo’s $2.3 million earning in 2015, the Italian midfielder is actually expected to be paid roughly around $8 million the future.
The LA Galaxy’s shiny new toys, Giovani Dos Santos, and Steven Gerrard will earn roughly $4.1 million and $6.3 million this year respectively, while the reigning MLS MVP, Robbie Keane cashes in at $4.5 million.
New York City FC’s Frank Lampard is the team’s highest-paid player this year at $6 million. Striker David Villa is on approximately $5.6 million, with Andrea Pirlo making just $2.3 million in 2015.
United States captain Michael Bradley earns $6,500,000, making him the highest-paid American. His teammate, Jozy Altidore is the second-highest American earner at $4.75 million. Seattle’s Clint Dempsey next at $4.5 million.
Below is a list with the ten highest-paid players in MLS: