MLS Payrolls

MLS Payrolls

Major League Soccer Player Association (MLSPA) publish their annual Salary report during spring. We are used to such transparency in North America but is pretty unusual in other soccer leagues. Even in the best world soccer leagues like Premier League, La Liga or Seria A we just guess the payrolls of players.

Current report (full report here) brings interesting numbers again. Looking at the 10 best-paid players we see three players from Toronto FC. Other seven players are from seven different teams. It looks that money spent in Canada brought the wished goal and Toronto FC won the MLS last year.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic payroll is more surprising. He is 26th best-paid player overall and 4th best in LA Galaxy. I hope his performance bonuses and marketing contracts will balance it as his presence in California gives soccer a big boost nationally.

Top Ten Best-Paid Players in MLS as of 1st May 2018

RankNameClubBase SalaryTotal Compensation (Base Salary + Signing Bonus)
(Performance Bonuses not inclued)
1.Sebastian GovincoToronto FC5 600 0007 115 555.67
2.Michael BradleyToronto FC5 600 0006 500 000
3.Carlos VelaLAFC4 500 0006 292 500
4.Bastian SchweinsteigerChicago Fire6 100 000.086 100 000.08
5.Giovani dos SantosLA Galaxy4 250 0006 000 000
6.David VillaNew York FC5 610 0005 610 000
7.Jozy AltidoreToronto FC5 000 0005 000 000
8.Ignacio PiattiMontreal Impact500 000.044 713 333.37
9.Tim HowardColorado Rapids2 000 0002 475 000
10.Diego ValeriPortland Timbers2 320 0002 380 000

Source: Salary Guide of MLSPA

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