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Kaka, Andrea Pirlo and the top 10 highest earners in MLS

Kaka tops the list of Major League Soccer’s highest-paid players for a third straight year.

Kaka (file pic).
Kaka (file pic).

FORMER BRAZIL STAR Kaka topped the list of Major League Soccer’s highest-paid players for a third straight year, according to official figures released on Tuesday.

A comprehensive breakdown of basic salary and guaranteed earnings issued by the MLS Players Union showed Orlando’s Kaka coming out on top with wages of $7.168 million (6.553 million euros).

The 35-year-old 2007 FIFA World Player of the Year headed to MLS in 2014 after a second stint with AC Milan.

The top 10 highest-earners in MLS are dominated by foreign players, with Toronto’s Italian international Sebastian Giovinco second on the list with a salary of $7.116 million.

Giovinco’s Toronto team-mate, United States skipper Michael Bradley, is third with a salary of $6.5 million.

New York City FC’s duo of Andrea Pirlo and David Villa were fourth and fifth on the list, earning $5.915 million and $5.61 million respectively.

Chicago Fire’s recently arrived former Bayern Munich and Germany star Bastian Schweinsteiger was seventh with a guaranteed $5.4 million.

US internationals Jozy Altidore ($4.875 million) and Clint Dempsey ($3.892 million) were eighth and ninth on the list.

Argentinian midfielder Diego Valeri of the Portland Timbers rounded out the top 10 with a salary of $2.607 million.

At the other end of the scale, several players in MLS earn the minimum wage of $53,004 a year.

Top 10 salary earners:

1. Kaka (Orlando City) — $7.17 million

2. Sebastian Giovinco (Toronto FC) — $7.12 million

3. Michael Bradley (Toronto FC) — $6.5 million

4. Andrea Pirlo (New York City FC) — $5.9 million

5. David Villa (New York City FC) — $5.6 million

6. Giovani dos Santos (LA Galaxy) — $5.5 million

7. Bastian Schweinsteiger (Chicago Fire) — $5.4 million

8. Jozy Altidore (Toronto FC) — $4.9 million

9. Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders) — $3.9 million

10. Diego Valeri (Portland Timbers) — $2.6 million

© AFP 2017

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