The Highest Paid Players In MLS, Zlatan Not In Top 20!
The Highest Paid Players In Major League Soccer, Zlatan Ibrahimovic Not In Top 20!
The highest paid players in Major League Soccer have now been revealed, but while one former Manchester United player is among the 10 best earners, Zlatan Ibrahimovic is not even in the top 20.
Click through the gallery above to see the MLS’ 10 highest paid players, and what they earn annually.
The MLS Players Association (MLSPA) has released its annual salary data, but former United striker Ibrahimovic only appears in 26th spot among the highest paid players.
The 36-year-old left the English giants last month and took a massive pay cut to join LA Galaxy. According to the data released by the MLSPA, Ibrahimovic receives $1.5 million a season at his new club.
That's about 20% of the annual salary of the league's highest paid player, Sebastian Giovinco. The 31-year-old former Juventus striker helped Toronto FC lift the MLS title last season, and replaced Kaka, who left Orlando City at the end of the campaign, as best earner in US football.
His teammate Michael Bradley follows in second spot with $6.5 million, ahead of Los Angeles FC's Carlos Vela, who earns $6.3 million a year, and former United midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger. The retired Germany international extended his stay with Chicago Fire, where he earns $6.1 million annually.
Former FC Barcelona forwards Giovani dos Santos and David Villa, who recently scored his 400th career goal, follow in fifth and sixth place with annual salaries of $6 million and $5.6 million, respectively.
Note: All amounts in this article are basic salary plus guaranteed bonuses after tax, but exclude image rights and sponsorship deals.
Click through the gallery above to see the complete top 10, and let us know in the comments section below whether or not you are surprised Ibrahimovic is not in the top 10?