BETHESDA, Md. (AP) – Kaka remains Major League Soccer’s highest-paid player at just over $7 million, and American goalkeeper Tim Howard will earn slightly more than $2.5 million in his return to the league.
Kaka, the former AC Milan and Real Madrid star, is earning a base salary of $6.6 million from Orlando City, according to figures released Thursday by the MLS Players Union. Including a prorated share of compensation not specified to a specific year, his total earnings remain a league-record $7,167,500.
Toronto’s Sebastian Giovinco, the league’s 2015 MVP, has a $5.6 million base and total compensation of $7,115,556. U.S. national team captain Michael Bradley, in his third season with Toronto, has a $6 million base and $6.5 million total earnings.
FILE – In this June 24, 2015, file photo, Orlando City’s Kaka celebrates his goal against the Colorado Rapids during the second half of an MLS soccer game in Orlando, Fla. Kaka remains Major League Soccer’s highest-paid player at just over $7 million, according to figures released Thursday, May 19, 2016, by the MLS Players Union. (AP Photo/John Raoux, File)
Howard, the U.S. starting goalkeeper at the past two World Cups, is joining Colorado next month after a decade at Everton. He has a $2.1 million base and $2,575,000 in total compensation.
Steven Gerrard, the former Liverpool and England captain now with the Los Angeles Galaxy, has a $6 million base salary and $6,132,500 in total earnings.
Former Chelsea and Manchester City midfielder Frank Lampard, who has yet to play a match for New York City this season, has a $6 million salary. He is followed by teammates Andrea Pirlo ($5.6 million, $5,915,690) and David Villa ($5.61 million).
Twenty-three players have total earnings of $1 million or more, an increase of two from last year’s initial salary list.
Toronto’s Jozy Altidore was at $4,825,000, followed by Seattle’s Clint Dempsey ($4,605,942), Los Angeles’ Giovani Dos Santos ($4.25 million) and Robbie Keane ($3.5 million), Montreal’s Didier Drogba ($2,166,667), Colorado’s Shkelzen Gashi ($1,668,750), Salt Lake’s Juan Manuel Martinez ($1,458,667), Seattle’s Nelson Valdez ($1,455,000), San Jose’s Innocent Emeghara ($1.3 million), Vancouver’s Pedro Morales ($1,258,900), Portland’s Liam Ridgewell ($1.25 million), Columbus’ Federico Higuain ($1,175,000), Chicago’s Gilberto ($1,145,000), Colorado’s Kevin Doyle ($1.12 million) and New England’s Kei Kamara ($1 million).