The MLS (Major League Soccer) has attracted some star players in recent years- albeit at the tail end of their careers. Luring the big fish comes at a substantial price and we reveal the league’s top earners.
There are quite a few surprises on this top 10 list with Wayne Rooney featuring at the bottom and Zlatan Ibahimovic not making the cut at all.
10. Tim Howard (Colorado Rapids)
The former Everton shot-stopper ranks very highly considering goalkeepers generally earn lower salaries than their outfield counterparts. He netted a very respectable €2.2m for the year.
9. Wayne Rooney (D.C. United)
Another to have left English shores for the allure of the American Dream.
Rooney was a legend at Manchester United but his best years seemed behind him when he moved to Everton.
His €2.5m earnings perhaps indicative of a player with a big reputation but past his prime.
8. Ignacio Piatti (Montreal Impact)
The Argentine started playing in his homeland then moved to play in the French league.
He commands a hefty salary in the US netting a sizeable €4.1m.
7. Jozy Altidore (Toronto FC)
The American forward is well known to English supporters following his stint at Sunderland in the English Premier League.
His spell in England was not the most inspiring but he must be enjoying himself back in the US and commanding a salary of €4.4m.
6. David Villa (NYCFC)
His €4.9m earnings places him well above some of the other big names in the MLS.
Villa made the move following a glorious spell with Barcelona and was a marquee signing at the time.
5. Giovani dos Santos (LA Galaxy)
Dos Santos commands a whopping €5.3m annual salary.
Not bad for a Barcelona and Tottenham reject.
In fairness, the Mexican forward has done well for current club and country.
4. Bastian Schweinsteiger (Chicago Fire)
Schweinsteiger was the general for Bayern Munich and Germany in his prime.
Eyebrows were raised when Bayern allowed him to sign for Manchester United but it seemed a calculated move by the Bavarians as he’s never enjoyed the same dominance since.
Still, the €5.4m he earned is very impressive for a player in the twilight of his career.
3. Carlos Vela (LAFC)
Vela earned slightly more than Schweinsteiger with annual earnings of €5.4m.
2. Michael Bradley (Toronto FC)
Perhaps his biggest claim to fame is that his father, Bob Bradley, was the former coach of the United States men's national soccer team.
An excellent midfielder in his own right, Bradley earned his stripes for Roma before moving back to the US.
Toronto’s captain was richly rewarded with a sizeable €5.7m salary.
1. Sebastian Giovinco (Toronto FC)
Clearly, Toronto seem to be big spenders in the MLS but the club haven’t enjoyed a successful season.
Giovinco had an impressive goal involvement overall but Toronto may well regret their lavish outlay on players, with him earning a whopping €6.2m.