It is so often said that there is too much money in football.
The MLS have taken the first steps in uncovering the extent of this by publishing the salaries of every player in the league. And the wages are contrasting to say the least.
Top earners such as Kaka, Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard – designated players in the league – take home an astonishing $6million salary at the end of each year, with Kaka’s sum closer to $7million.
Gerrard’s LA Galaxy team-mates Robbie Keane and Giovanni Dos Santos also take up spots in the top ten earners, with Giovanni taking $4million and Republic of Ireland striker Keane earning $4.5million.
There is no place in the top ten however for Andrea Pirlo and Didier Drogba. The Italian midfielder is paid $2million per year, while Ivory Coast forward Drogba earns $1.6million.
Bradley Wright-Phillips and Shaun Wright-Phillips, both at New York Red Bulls, are paid a difference of around $500,000. Top goalscorer Bradley is paid $600,000 per year, while brother Shaun receives a salary of $116,000 (which translated at £75,000, works out at less than what many big stars in the English Premier League earn in a week – a far cry from his time at Chelsea).
Meanwhile, former Rangers duo Maurice Edu and DaMarcus Beasley both earn around $800,000 each, having joined Philadelphia Union and Houston Dynamo respectively, following their time spent in Europe.
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